The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything

//The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything

The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything

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  1. Robert David STEELE Vivas November 22, 2013 at 11:45 am
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    4.0 out of 5 stars
    5 for Elegant Simplicity, 3 for Dumbed Down, July 12, 2012
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    For a guy who once said he was worth $600,000 a hour, I was expecting a great deal more. This is a Classic Comic for the masses–now I used to own all of the Classic Comics [for those under 60, these were the Great Books of Western Civilization, in comic book form, all the rage in the 1960’s].

    The author starts off by saying that everything is becoming software, but there is no mention of Marc Andersson’s famous article, “Why Software is Eating the World” (Wall Street Journal, 20 August 2011), and across the book I notice other inconsistencies. I conclude this is a book researched and written by staff to the signed author’s general specifications. It is a good outline, and worth reading, but it is also disappointing. This is not the book that Michael Saylor could have and should have written. Having said that, I give the staff high marks for a clean intelligible coherent book good enough for the 80% that do not think about these topics very much.

    The central premise of the book is that mobile plus social equals radical change; that application hand-helds (as opposed to cell phones) are hugely disruptive, and that if we have 5.3 billion with phones right now (out of 9 billion plus), imagine what happens when everyone has a cell phone.

    As it happens, I have imagined this. I funded Earth Intelligence Network (501c3) before I lost everything in the crash, and we specifically conceptualized a path to OpenBTS, Open Spectrum, all the other opens, that gave the five billion poorest free cell phones and cell service for life, educating them “one cell call at a time.” We also spent a great deal more time thinking about the reflections of Herman Daly (e.g. For The Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future) and C. K. Prahalad (e.g. The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Revised and Updated 5th Anniversary Edition. Crowd-funding/sensing/sourcing plus Open Source Everything Plus True Cost Transparency and Truth equals a prosperous world at peace.

    The book in eight lines (and a very thoughtful book at the elementary level):

    01 Destruction of paper
    02 Instant entertaining
    03 Intelligent wallet
    04 Showroom world
    05 Hyperfluid social networks
    06 Worldwide medical care
    07 Universal education
    08 Jumpstart emerging world

    I am moderately irritated to see the fulsome discussion of how the automated spreadsheet changed the world, with no mention of Mitch Kapor.

    I like the itemization of the big changes between pre-history computing and application hand-held computing:

    01 Touch
    02 Widely affordable (wrong–he’s thinking like a rich white kid — five billion can NOT afford smart phones, and neither can the southern nations, absent Sir Richard Branson finally paying attention to “The Virgin Truth” concept).
    03 Battery life (to which I would addambient energy)
    04 Instant on (and no idiot Microsoft song)
    05 Applications (never mind the lack of data)
    06 Apps store
    07 Sensing world nearby

    The chapter on paper is ho-hum, reminds me of the term papers that one could buy back in the 1970’s. He talks of the Gutenberg Project, which I admire (Dr. Greg Newby is now working that) and Google’s digitization, which I despise because Google is trying to claim ownership of what it digitizes–the main reason they got thrown out of Boston.

    The chapter on entertainment covers photography, games, gambling, movies, mobile TV, and shared media such as YouTube. Again, this is a book written with the one billion rich in mind.

    The chapter on the intelligent wallet bring together the move from bar code to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to Near-Field Communications (NFC), talks about identity protection, anti-crime advantages, and the best part, mobile keys that can have all kinds of conditions attached to them. Also mentioned is a universal loyalty card and the rise of global banking that comes with the death of physical branches. Personally I think we are headed toward more local banks.

    I certainly agree with the book’s observation on how retarded the law is in relation to changing expectations of privacy and the need to changing standards to protect individuals from ubiquitous surveillance by other citizens, never mind the government.

    The chapter on social networking is alone worth the price of the book. This is the best and most cogent treatment I have read, discussing:

    01 Personal broadcast system
    02 Social…

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  2. Ricknewengland November 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    No meat, September 4, 2012
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    I was one of the first to purchase this book as a result of a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal. I was extremely disappointed. The book offered no new ideas. Instead, it basically re-hashed the ideas that anyone can read about in the WSJ or on All Things Digital. I hoped for insight, ideas and intellectual speculation. I received nothing more than a warmed over review of everything I already knew. I’m no geek. Tech is not my industry. This book offers nothing new, at all. Save your money.

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  3. Mark P. McDonald November 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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    Old ideas, few ideas, this book could have and was written 12 years ago, September 25, 2012
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    Disappointing is the word that best summarizes Michael Saylor’s The Mobile Wave. The book was recommended to me by someone whose judgment I value and given the author’s pedigree as CEO of MicroStrategy I expected much much more. Saylor has written a book or rewritten a book about the mobile world that could have been written about the introduction of the Internet and eCommerce. I say rewritten because much of what is here is the same internet based platitudes found during the dot com era with limited updates. I would strongly suggest avoiding this book as it says little and your time is better spent reading other books.

    Saylor sees the future as being driven by mobile technology — the mobile wave as he puts it. He sees the mobile wave as the technology that will turn everything into software from music, to media, to payments, etc. He organizes the book around the waves mobile technology will create in the following areas:

    Computers – they will all be like the iPad, multi-touch and graphical
    Paper – it will disappear saving time, money and the environment
    Entertainment — it will be come universal, user driven and shared
    Wallet — it will be smarter, virtual and full service
    Social Networks — they are the future mega cities with immediate and pervasive connections
    Medicine — it will be networked, paperless and global
    Education – it will be personal digital, active and reset the cost structure
    Developing World — where needs meet new technology capabilities and an inventive populace

    In each of these areas, Saylor spends the majority of his pages discussing the history of the particular area like the history of computing or paper or the wallet. This is interesting but not particularly informative as it clouds Saylor’s argument and its implications. Any time the author spends pages describing the history of things like paper, the wallet, etc you have to be suspicious that he is just taking up space to make the book a proper length, ala 200+ pages. This woudl have been an interesting 30 – 40 page eBook with a focus on what is really different and what that means to all of us in our business, professional and personal decisions. Instead, we have a book is filled with ‘old’ news about what will happen in the future.

    Not worth your time or attention as you have probably read this before back in the 1990’s or already know it from living in the modern digital world.

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