It is our core philosophy that everything with a digital heart beat will be connected and that in turn will redefine our relationship with the world around us. The big question – one we will explore at Mobilize 2013 – what happens when everything is indeed connected.
On this week’s podcast: Kevin Fitchard says T-Metro is kinda crazy, Stacey Higginbotham breaks down the problems with broadband caps, and Om Malik discusses Steve Jobs’ lingering shadow over Apple, one year after his passing.
This week’s episode is live from our Mobilize Conference where we talk big mobile ideas ranging from talking to data to connected health to the dangers of an overly connected automobile. Kevin Fitchard, Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel join in the fun.
IBM’s (s IBM) Watson will team up with Memorial Sloan Kettering this fall and plans to launch in a handful of cancer care centers this year, but Dan Cerutti, IBM’s VP of Watson Commercialization, said today at GigaOM Structurethat Watson could be used in other fields too. Besides healthcare, it’s already working with the government and financial services industries.
“The opportunities are limitless,” Cerutti said told GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbotham. Watson’s cloud-based services can be layered on top of any application, but “you want to focus on important decisions where the information you have” is less than what’s available. “If a human being was able to read everything that was relevant and remember it,” Cerutti said, “would they make a better decision once in awhile? We think so. Watson can do that and sit at your side as an advisor.”
Does that mean patients will go in and see Watson instead of their doctor? No, “you’ll see your clinician,” Cerutti said. “Watson is behind the scenes and can present to the doc some options of what might be ailing you.”
Check out the rest of our Structure 2012 coverage, as well as the live stream, here.
Unsurprisingly, Facebook was the big topic of the week. GigaOM Pro readers went beyond the IPO news and read an analysis of Facebook’s future prospects and considered potential red flags for investors and shareholders.
The emphasis by Comcast’s critics on the near-term regulatory implications of its Xbox strategy may be misplaced. Rather than challenging net neutrality rules directly, Comcast seems to be playing a long game against its over-the-top competitors based on quality of service and premised on the coming, inevitable bandwidth crunch as ever-more video tries to crowd onto the Internet.
GigaOM and GigaOM Pro writers and analysts are heading to SXSW: Are you? Here is a quick roundup of when they will be speaking, what they will be speaking about, and where to find them.
The most popular articles on Pro this week focused on shake-ups in the wireless industry, especially in light of the failed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, the continued rise of Wi-Fi usage in enterprise and how social media is changing communication in the workplace.
This week’s most popular article focused on one of the month’s biggest new items (covered by our colleagues at GigaOM): Carrier IQ and the continued erosion of operator trust, Stacey Higginbotham’s latest research note, provides some big-picture perspective on the still-developing scandal, pulling away from the daily news scrum to explore how Carrier IQ’s actions may affect consumers, device makers and mobile operators. Since the story broke on November 30, it’s become clear that Carrier IQ (and its subsequent response to the scandal) will have major implications across the industry, and on regulators and future legislation.
Moving away from the news front, Paul Miller’s brief update, Why the big data startup boom will likely be short-lived provides a quick overview of some of the year’s biggest players in the cloud space, including a round-up of the year’s acquisitions. And lastly, the anthology produced for our recent Net:Work 2011 conference, Defining work in the digital age: an analysis by GigaOM Pro, includes perspectives and forecasts on the future of work and the workplace from five of our NewNet analysts.
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Ericsson is making headlines with a new forecast that mobile data traffic will grow tenfold over the next five years as the number of mobile broadband subscribers skyrockets from less than one billion to more than five billion. While that may sound daunting for network operators, though, my colleague Stacey Higginbotham points out that Ericsson’s predicted consumption of mobile data is roughly half that of Cisco’s, and it follows Ericsson’s prediction several months ago that data traffic won’t swamp mobile networks. But Ericsson also predicts that heavily populated cities will see an enormous increase in data consumption. So it behooves those cities to work with carriers and others to deploy Wi-Fi and other technologies that can take the strain off the network.