The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything

In the tradition of international bestsellers Future Shock and Megatrends, Michael Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy, brings The Mobile Wave, a groundbreaking analysis of the impact of mobile intelligence ? the fifth wave of computer technology.

The Mobile Wave argues that the changes brought by mobile computing are so big and widespread that it’s impossible for us to see it all, even though we are all immersed in it. Saylor explains that the current generation of mobile smartphones and tablet computers has set the stage to become the universal computing platform for the world. In the hands of billions of people and accessible anywhere and anytime, mobile computers are poised to become an appendage of the human being and an essential tool for modern life.

With the perspective of a historian, the precision of a technologist, and the pragmatism of a CEO, Saylor provides a panoramic view of the future mobile world. He describes how:

A Harvard education will be available to anyone with the touch of a screen.
Cash will become virtual software and crime proof.
Cars, homes, fruit, art, and more will be “tagged” so they can tell you about themselves.
Land and capital will become more of a liability than an asset.
Buying an item will be as easy as pointing our mobile device to scan and pay.
Social mobile media will push all businesses to think and act like software companies.
Employment will shift as more service-oriented jobs are automated by mobile software.

Products, businesses, industries, economies, and society will be altered forever as the mobile wave washes over us and changes the landscape. With so much change, The Mobile Wave is a guidebook for individuals, business leaders, and public figures who must navigate the new terrain as mobile intelligence changes everything.

2 thoughts on “The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything

  1. 5 for Elegant Simplicity, 3 for Dumbed Down 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. ) and C. K. Prahalad (e.g. . 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 paper02 Instant entertaining03 Intelligent wallet04 Showroom world05 Hyperfluid social networks06 Worldwide medical care07 Universal education08 Jumpstart emerging worldI 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 Touch02 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 store07 Sensing world nearbyThe 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 system02 Social coordination system03 News filtering system04 Direct conections with and among consumers05 Distributed sensory system06 Harnessing wisdom of the…

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