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The Already Existent Future of The Age of Context
, September 14, 2013
We are going to live in the Age of Iron Man's J.A.R.V.I.S., not Batman's Alfred. That is the gist that I get from reading Shel Israel and Robert Scoble's new book, The Age of Context: Mobile, Data, Sensors and the Future of Privacy. The Age of Context is a tour-de-force documentary of the state of technology in 2013 looking across a broad number of fields: healthcare, transportation, the electronic home, urbanization, mobile devices, marketing, and understanding customers. There are so many references to real companies, inventions, and people in this book, it is encyclopedic.
This is an expert-guided trade show-in-a-book to a future most of us don't yet realize. The authors quickly get to the value point and operational description of many dozens of projects so that you can get a feel for the greater impact of a trend such as wearable computing, or driverless cars.
The authors therefore focus what they mean on five core driving technologies: mobile, social media, data, sensors and location. Even given this, the categories organized by chapter for each of these topics are somewhat separate of each other. They are adjacent with the common wall being that they use one of the five core technologies.
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The Age of Context brings out that there are yet still many new ways we can dream up imagine that the sci-fi and other storytellers never thought of. It documents stories of where these uses of technology have emerged in real businesses and organizational cases in operation. I fully expect this to become a live video documentary on perhaps PBS, National Geographic, The Science Channel, or other similar educational TV channels. I would have liked less of a fast-paced romp through many possibilities and more delving into the details. The book serves a good purpose by collecting the various contexts into one place. It also opened my mind as to the reality that this is already either here, or will be in less than the 25 years from now that the epilogue suggests.