Facebook is in hot water right now. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which uncovered that the data of as many as 90 million people was shared without their permission, calls for changes in management have been common as well as a #deleteFacebook campaign that has been supported by well known technologists like Steve Wozniak and the founder of Whatsapp.
One of the reasons big companies can’t innovate is they grow inert and can’t match the dynamism of the market. Markets are dynamic, companies are not. It’s very hard for companies to match the velocity, variance and selection of markets. As a business leader, a good question to ask yourself is: Are we changing as fast as the world is changing?
The most common answer is no. …
Kevin Kelly is quoted as saying that “The business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: take X and add AI”. Indeed, and 2017 may well be the year A.I. becomes a buzzword because just about every new product and service is pitching it as a strength and point of differentiation (more on that below).…
Finally, I’ve started a podcast! In this first episode my co-host Adrian Pedrin, Film Producer and Director, and I talk about virtual reality versus reality. In other words, what happens when people will prefer virtual experiences over reality?…
Here’s an interesting question, does the internet threaten creativity or nurture it?,
It depends on how you look at it. When we think about the internet, we think of many things: websites, blogs, social networks, social media, etc..
All these components of the internet let us express ourselves in one way or another, connect with people we know, meet strangers, learn from others and create with others. But, while all this is great, the other side of what makes us human also makes it onto the internet.
Really, the internet both inspires and stifles creativity, here’s how…
How the Internet threatens creativity
Creativity, by it’s nature, is about bravery. So, to think creatively is to challenge the status-quo. Great!
One of the common benefits of having access to so much information and people is that we can find answers rather quickly. But this benefit has immediate consequences when we stop paying attention to human nature, for people will congregate around the same ideas on social networks which eventually leads to group-think.
What does that mean?
A few years ago I wrote a piece on how social media is group-think on steroids because it puts critical thinking to sleep. Critical thinking and creativity go hand in hand, but the megaphone that is social media turns people into lambs drinking the same kool-aid; making critical thinking irrelevant.
Where all think alike nobody thinks very much, and thus the status-quo stops being challenged.
See, the internet doesn’t make us more stupid because, in general terms, we’re stupid and shallow to begin with. But it may help some of us to become dumber and more shallow faster and more efficiently.
Simply put, the internet (if we let it) doesn’t eliminate human bias; it amplifies it.
How the Internet nurtures creativity
Not all is gray, for many great things happen because of the internet. I, like others, have used the internet to solve problems by collaborating with people from around the world. These connections came about because of serendipitous exchanges on Twitter and other mediums; the type that fuels innovation.
The advantage of the internet is open communication, so the simple act of sharing a thought on Twitter can become a conversation. Same goes with blogging, it brings like minds together. This is a good example of how the internet nurtures creativity. Beyond my immediate family, I’ve met all the most valuable people that I know through the internet.
My take is that just like innovative businesses understand that group-think is an enemy of innovation and thus create mechanisms to counter it, if we understand how this dynamic applies on the internet, we can counter it.
It’s important that we do because the future of work will be much more digital and collaborative than it is today; I guarantee it.
Bottom line: The Internet has the power to both bring out the best and worst in us. I foresee we’ll be debating whether or not technology make us stupid well into the future, but let’s put it to rest right now: Technology doesn’t make us stupid, it makes us smarter.
WhatsApp has succeeded because it is focused on creating a great product, not another social network. What will make your business unique is what you deliberately choose not to do.
After almost two years of chit-chat, WhatsApp sold to Facebook for $19 billion yesterday. For a moment, let’s ignore whatever we think about the valuation, and whether in the larger economic picture this is something to be concerned about.
Here I won’t get into the whole strategic thinking behind why this deal makes or doesn’t make sense. What I will do is talk about the picture below:…