Riding "The Mobile Wave" - Part 2: Origins and Impacts of Technological Revolutions

(This is the second installment in a series of comments about Michael Saylor's book, The Mobile Wave:  How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything published in 2012.  Part 1 was published on March 6.)

Chapter 1 in the Mobile Wave is entitled "The Wave:  The Shape of the Wave."  In this chapter Michael Saylor discusses the origin and impact of technological revolutions and the disruptions that accompany them. 

  • The Agricultural Revolution was created by the domestication of farm animals and plants and resulted in freeing up the time spent hunting and foraging for food which could then be applied to more creative endeavors.  People moved into larger communities and developed enterprise and commerce.
  • The Industrial Revolution followed the harnessing of steam and fossil fuels to manufacture goods and services.  The evolution of distributed electricity accelerated that revolution and took it to the next level.  People moved into cities, and developed innovative products and services not possible without mass manufacturing.
  • The Information Revolution which is now in progress evolved from the development of computing technology enabling people to achieve new levels of productivity.  Processes that were time and resource-intensive are being automated resulting in better, faster, and smarter decisions and transactions.
  • The Mobile Revolution, Saylor predicts will be an accelerator and disruptor of business as it exists today which will result in myriad new products, services and opportunities.

Saylor gives a brief overview of each of the disruptions that he predicts will attend the further integration of mobile technology into business, each of which he describes in more detail in later chapters of the book:

The Destruction of Paper:  Mobile documents can blend text and multimedia and they're zoomable, searchable and sendable, features which will soon make the long-mocked "paperless office" become everyone's office.  

Instant Entertainment:  Rather than being subject to the restrictions of containers players and venues, we will be able to watch TV and movies, play video games and view photos wherever and whenever you want on mobile devices.

The Intelligent Wallet:  As cash becomes digital credit card fraud will cease to be a problem.

A Showroom World:  We will be able to purchase any item we see around us by taking its picture and instantly ordering it from the lowest-cost supplier.

Hyperfluid Social Networks:  Mobile technology will amplify social networking and make social interaction instantaneous and pervasive.

Worldwide Availability of Medical Care:  We will be able to sensors to our phones at a medical kiosk and hire a doctor in Bangalore to check our temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and conduct an EKG for $10.

Universal Education:  Mobile technology will make it possible to bring the  best teachers and top experts into every classroom freeing up budgets and spreading education to developing nations where one-fourth of children never finish primary school and one billion people remain illiterate.

Jumpstart to the Emerging World:  Mobile infrastructure will enable places like India and Africa to leap-frog traditional communications infrastructure, accelerating their rise and transforming global trade and human resourcing.

In our next installment in this series we'll take an in-depth journey into Saylor's chapter on "The Destruction of Paper".  Since Digital Designs is a provider of touch-less document-driven business solutions, I'm particularly interested in what that chapter will reveal.

Until then,

John Queen
Digital Designs, Inc.
"Moving Business Beyond Paper"