WITH THE SPREAD of mobile media, people can stay in touch no matter where they go. Wireless channels can help the user by boosting the speed of response or trimming the stock of assets required for a task. For instance, a crisis could be nipped in the bud by taking action at the first sign of trouble.
As with other tools of communication down through the ages, the go-getter who makes full use of mobile technology has an advantage over rivals who hold back. With the aid of handy gear, the office is wherever the user happens to be. A roving worker can obtain data on demand or prepare reports as required. An agile firm may track the shifting pattern of resources throughout the organization and deploy them on the fly. Meanwhile a government could marshal mobile platforms to foster economic growth as well as national security. In the international realm, airy channels can assist concerned citizens in tackling global blights such as pollution and poverty. For instance, wirefree towers can be set up at low cost in order to open up the wealth of resources on the Internet to needy folks in barren areas.
While sketching a vibrant vision of the future, this pithy volume debunks a raft of modern myths in the virtual economy. The humbugs to be squelched include the preeminence of the mobile phone and the extinction of digital money.
The book is an outgrowth of cross-disciplinary studies and courses on digital technology as well as economic growth. The material has also been used in professional workshops for creative minds at all levels, from the fresh recruit to the seasoned hand. The participants hailed from sundry fields in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
The book may serve as a starting point for the agile professional, inquiring student, or general reader interested in the basic techniques and applications of mobile media. The primer can also function as a guide for steering the future of roving media, wireless commerce, and footloose culture.
STEVEN KIM is a specialist on germinal innovation and online media. As the president of Kenhap Institute, he explores the issues of vaulting innovation and creative leadership in the digital society. While he was a professor at MIT during the 1980s, he received a Presidential Young Investigator award from the U.S. National Science Foundation in recognition of his original research activities. As a researcher and consultant since the 1970s, he has advised numerous companies, governments and nonprofit groups at the frontiers of innovation in diverse parts of the globe.