Software is eating the world, but there is a also a renaissance of hardware, where “hardware is the new software,” increasingly open, agile, dynamic, drawing from similar investment and development practices.
As we know, the iPhone is ‘designed in California, made in China,’ but maybe it needs a new label: ‘Made in China—and a few other places.’ How traditional ways of measuring global trade fail to reflect underlying complexities.
Fairphone is exactly what it sounds like, a fair phone. Standing up for people and the environment in every aspect of its production and existence, the social smartphone enterprise is starting a movement.
Manufacturing has moved to Asia. Large enterprises benefit from automation but it’s expensive and keeps small upstarts out of their markets. Those two statements are being challenged by advances in robotics.
We’ve been told to watch our weight, count our calories and time our runs for quite a while now; but never before have we had the technology to measure all of our behavior so seamlessly, sensitively, automatically and intelligently.