March 11, 2009
Economic recession! I want it to go away soon… Not only companies but also students in Japan are suffering from the recession. Companies recruit less and less new people.
The other day, Ryo, oh sorry, Mr Shimizu was invited as a guest adviser of a TV Show. Every time the programme invites one professionals in business and the guest gives advice to students.Sony’s ex-chairperson, Mr Idei or CEOs of big companies were the advisers in the past. Also, one of MCs in the show is famous Japanese comedian. Chihara Jr. I love him!
Anyway, in the show, Ryo told his future vision (like the posts a few days ago) and the image of person he wanted to hire. He said that a good programmer loves computer, and a good worker loves their company. If one has love for the company, not only the company’s fame, but also the worker’s skill will up.
A student asked him whether skill of programming is useful to manage company. Because the student thought the two skills have no relation each other. But Ryo answered that they are almost the same. How manage the difficulty and find alternative way are the same things both in programming and management.
In the end of the show, Ryo, or Mr Shimizu gave a word as his advice to students. The word was “CRAZY.” One does not have to be confined to the convention. Keep own creativity and break the rule. That was his massage, and his motto.
To see whole clip, click here (in Japanese).
By the way, 10 years later, what will happen to computers in the office?
Ryo says there will be no computer in the offices.
At first I couldn’t believe his words, because he loves computers so much! But I understand the meaning of his words as he continued the story.
In the future, People won’t use computers except some who have computer-specialized jobs.
It is only during these 10 years that each people in the office became able to use at least one computer. So, situation will change greatly as well.
Now, liquid-crystal display is widely used. But it was so expensive only a few years ago and instead of it, CRT was taking space on the desk. Thanks to the low price of note PC, address-free offices became possible.
The next stage of “note PC” will be “no PC.”
In fact, now, more people can do their work only with iPhone.
Firstly, “no PC” life will be started by the persons whose work is done mainly by meeting and exchanging e-mail. Such persons lack of time and have higher status, so people around them can adjust their schedule to the persons. Gradually, “no PC” life style will prevail into the people who does not always use PC. And after 10 years, there is no computer in the office.
Furthermore, business e-mail has much redundant. Greetings nor Salutations are not necessary.
Actually, between colleagues in the same company, less and less greetings are used. The day would come before so long when people use only content words in their e-mail, “next week, meeting, afternoon, member XX, CC all,” like this. You may not believe but only for about 10 years since all colleagues have their e-mail address of their company.
So, 10 years is enough time to make work style change so different.
The number of computers is increasing rapidly. So, one day, it may turn on its head.
Because computers are big, space taker, and not convenient. Cannot bring in my pocket.
Note PC is after all, “note” PC.
The size won’t be smaller than the PC like type P. However, this size is still a bit too large to bring in one’s pocket. Even in one’s pocket, PC will protrude whilst walking like the clip above.
In Microsoft’s clip, there seems to be no computer. It may be common and unspoken agreement that a computer as a device is disappearing from the office. Considering this, Microsoft predicts the relevant future. Present PC is denied in a sense by the company whose heart of products is PC.
PC will dissolve into a form which is accessed by new paper or new card.
In the world as such, Microsoft will develop their computer. Won’t they?
This is the future story Ryo told me the other day.After I heard the story, I felt a concern for salesmen of Microsoft. My one concern is that they may be confused by the clip, thinking “which Windows should I sell?”
March 6, 2009
This is the story of the future imagined by a Japanese cyberspace cowboy, Ryo.
As a leading company, Microsoft shows the bright future vision and image of IT in this clip.
Like Microsoft, I’d like big companies to make people happy with their bright vision. This clip is really cool. It’s clear and easy to understand the convenience of future technology and how will the technology become. It also shows the clear direction of the business world.
But, if I could say, when will the transparent touch screen be made? By 2019, will it ready for sale? Actually 10 years ago, Japanese mobile company made a video under the similar concept to it. In addition, the cool technologies in the clip are unrelated to the products of Microsoft. No Windows, no Office. They predicts completely new products of their brand?
Contrary to it, Apple’s Knowledge Navigator visualized the “future products of Apple.”
Anyway, Microsoft shows the vision as a leading company. Then, what do we, UEI, as a follower company, show our vision?
Ryo thinks, in the future, there is few screens on everything.
Microsoft seems to be going to expand the possibility of “Windows,” he thinks the function of screen will be less important thought still some needed. Rather, computers will be less and less.
In our future life, computer will disappear. At least, it will completely transform.
For example, thought, Microsoft shows “Digital Wallet,” he thinks the future wallet differently.
Because we’ve already used “Felica,” a wallet in mobile which can function as a wallet, credit cards, transportation cards, point cards, without switching the functions on the screen. Adopting the technology of Felica, many cards are easily integrated into one device. You can use even when the device’s power is off because it is magnetic device.
So, “Felica” is the good example of no-screen computing, sometimes, no-power. Technology of this kind will be expanded wholly in the future.
However, screens won’t disappear suddenly. Many people, including Ryo, will be troubled by such sudden disappearing of screens. Little by little, not sure in 10 or 20 years, but it will disappear before so long.
Instead, as alternative to the screens, for instance, glasses will be used.
On the glasses, information of what you see in real time is displayed. This is the next stage. I cannot say so confidently that it become popular. It also can be said such glasses won’t be popular.
In any case, finally people need not read words. “Inspiration” comes to you when you are walking.
“That restaurant seems to be good.”
Inspiration like this is sent by the mobile directly to you. You may think it is unrealistic, considering the development of neuroscience. But Ryo dares to think for the future of 10 years after. Impossibility will make things progress.
In addition, “notification” only is not so difficult. Vibration of a mobile is the function to notify something.
The vibration “tells” something when you are walking on the road. From the patterns of vibration, you can know what it “tells,” such as receiving e-mail, incoming call or notification that your something favourite is near.
This time, one of the patterns of them tells you that your favourite restaurant is near.
You happen to be hungry, so you go to the restaurant. The restaurant’s owner pays the affiliate fee to the agency for your entering.
As this example shows, screens are not needed.
Inspiration, rather, like a situation someone who knows you well notifies on your shoulder. Like friends, lovers, the person who understand your favourite, it can tell you which restaurant is your favourite without words. If this “conversation” is done appropriately, it can be said smooth communication method.
Input your detail profile or preferences, the mobile analyses your preference and suggest suitable things. Having such a mobile phone, you can get the information without seeing screens.
To be continued…