Transformation happens when a new product, service, or process changes the behavior of a population. In our recent past, we have seen innovations like the smartphone, cloud computing, and emerging AI change how we communicate, connect, and work in ways no one could have completely imagined. If you told someone even fifty years ago that we will have the entire library of books, music, and film in our pockets – let alone a way to instantly communicate with anyone on the planet – you would have been laughed at. But today that technology is so pervasive it disappears into our everyday lives. Likewise, future transformations will make what seems impossible today commonplace in the future.
Transformations are hard to predict. This is especially true in today’s world of exponential technical progress. Every day there is something new. There are more new inventions than we can see or learn about. What fuels this innovation boom? I believe innovation happens at the intersection of Art, Technology, Society, and Science when we leverage existing knowledge and expand upon it to form new combinations and ideas. We cannot innovate in a vacuum. And today, there is greater access than ever to a diversity of ideas, people, challenges, and places that fuel the innovation community.
A good example of a place like this is the Kikk Festival in Belgium. Still a hidden gem in the world of seemingly unlimited events, Kikk is a melting pot of artists, creatives, technologists, futurists, large organizations like Facebook and small hyper-creative shops all producing new experiences giving us a glimpse of the future. One of the main goals of Kikk is to bridge art, culture, science and technology by exploring, questioning, experimenting, and comparing in cross-disciplinary ways the multiple uses of new technologies to prefigure the challenges of a world in motion
This year’s Kikk festival, “Archipelagos of Fragility,” explored the fragile aspects of technology and the barriers that isolate and exclude. It raised a key question: How do we avoid bias and achieve a more inclusive approach in today’s globalization? A potential paradox of connectivity and globalization could be a growing consolidation of thought and power that threatens the innovation equilibrium. If most of the world’s new technologies are built by the same group of people, how do we avoid manipulation, advance more ethical technologies, and continue to progress?
We already see the focus of innovators starting to shift. For example, the next generations of inventions must be conscious and considerate of the global ecosystem and not apathetic about what progress does to the planet we call home. The balance between organizations and their ecosystems – their environments, employees, audiences, and communities – is among the most important considerations for any international brand. In equilibrium, this balance provides the ingredients which propel innovation and responsible progress. Promoting this is at the core of Keeeb’s mission statement below:
“In today’s fast-paced business environment, companies and their workforce need the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills with increasing speed and accuracy. We call this ability: Enterprise Intelligence. Keeeb’s mission is to unleash enterprise intelligence to instigate unprecedented commercial, social, and personal progress.”
Our mission is not only about the future of our own organization and clients. We understand ourselves as one of the key technologies that will create a better future for everyone. Keeeb connects these “archipelagos” – communities of knowledge workers and innovators within and among organizations – to facilitate discovery from a broad existing knowledge base and to scale new ideas to wider audiences.
In this upcoming blog series, I will explore existing and emerging technologies affecting innovation and discuss how they might become part of our daily routines and shape the technology landscape of the future. I will focus on three themes from both Kikk and beyond:
Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, kickoff the discussion. What do you think? Is augmented reality the next revolutionary technology? Or will it fizzle like Google Glass? How will our interactions with technology and applications change in the next decade? Will technology be more personal yet ever less private, or will there be a push back?