Posts by Sander Duivestein

About Sander Duivestein

Sander Duivestein is trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti. He is an analyst, publick speaker and internet entrepeneur. Prior, Sander was a software architect at Capgemini. He is co-author of the books: “Me the Media”, “Collaboration in the Cloud”, “Don’t Be Evil” and “The App Effect”. Currently he is writing a book about Big Data: “Recorded Future”.

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We Will Live Again

WE WILL LIVE AGAIN looks inside the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. The film follows Ben Best and Andy Zawacki, the caretakers of 99 deceased human bodies stored at below freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. The Institute and Cryonics Movement were founded by Robert Ettinger who, in his nineties and long retired from running the facility, still self-publishes books on cryonics, awaiting the end of his life and eagerly anticipating the next.

Is Big Data a Failure?

In 2013 Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier published the book “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think”. In the first chapter they warned for the backlash that Big Data will encounter in the coming years: “Like so many new technologies, big data will surely a victim of Silicon Valley’s notorious hype cycle: after being feted on the cover of magazines and at industry conferences, the trend will be dismissed and many of the data-smitten startups will flounder.”

In the last week several articles have caught my attention:

1. Harford, Tim “Big Data: are we making a big mistake?”, Financial Times, March 28, 2014
2. Lohr, Steve, “Google Flu Trends: The Limits of Big Data”, New York Times, March 28, 2014
3. Marcus, Gary and Ernest Davis, “Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data“, New York Times, April 6, 2014

So the question is, has Big Data reached it’s moment of Peak Attention and are we entering the next phase of the hype cycle or is Big Data really a failure? To answer this question I suggest you read our book “No More Secrets with Big Data Analytics“.

Oculus makes you more social

Last week Facebook bought the virtual-reality headset Oculus Rift for $2 billion. On a conference call, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives laid out their strategy behind the acquisition. “There aren’t many things that have the potential to be the next big computing platform. Oculus has the potential to be the most social platform ever. Immersive, virtual and augmented reality will be part of people’s daily lives.”

Zuckerberg might be right…


And for the people who want to know how the gameplay of Oculus will look like in a Facebook environment, check out the video.

Google Trends: ”utopian” vs “dystopian”


It’s an interesting query on Google Trends. What is more popular? “Utopian” versus “Dystopian”. Why are there more headlines with the word “dystopian” in it? Is it because of the crisis? Are people depressed? And the fact that “dystopian” is more popular than “utopian”, what does this tell us? Will the future of humankind be dystopian?

21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World

A few months ago I pointed out a great keynote by Fred Wilson. In his presentation he talked about how technology-driven networks are replacing bureaucratically-driven hierarchies. Every industry is touched by the democratizing force of informationtechnology. Something Thomas recently talked about as well.

Now Nina Misuraca Ignaczak had created a list of 21 different kind of technologies that will decentralize the world. These innovations will change the world forever. A list you must read to understand the changes that are coming!

Capture every moment with wearable cameras

Sony’s Lifelog and the Narrative Clip are designed to track and snap every minute of your life. And if you want a tracker for your dog’s life, give them a Whistle.

Also read our report on Empathic Computing.

Bitcoin 2.0 Is About Freedom

In 1937 Ronald Coase published a groundbreaking article: “The Nature of the Firm”. In it he posed a very simple question: “Why do firms exist?”. In his research he came up with the concept of transaction costs to explain the nature and limits of firms. Companies exist primarily because the underlying coordination mechanisms of the market aren’t perfect.
During the Industrial Revolution hierarchies became the dominant way to organize the world.

Until now it has been the most efficient way to overcome the transaction. The internet makes it possible to cut down in transaction and communication costs. By doing so, the internet introduces a new kind of firm, almost by definition. The Dentralized Autonomous Corporation represents this new nature of the firm: a company where software is in control. Hal Varian, Chief Economist of Google, calls these new firms “micro multinationals” and believes that these companies will rule the world in the coming years: “If the late 20th Century was the age of the multinational company, the early 21st will be the age of the micro multinational: small companies that operate globally.” [Read more...]

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014

“A next-generation enterprise (NGE) describes an organization that is proactively moving into the present by changing how they assimilate, architect, apply, and maintain their technology solutions. The purpose: Updating and transforming their processes, structures, and business models to effectively align with and work natively in today’s networked, open, and participative digital economy. While that may be a mouthful, it also accurately describes what most organizations must do to ultimately avoid disruption in the marketplace as technology increasingly defines how our businesses engage with and provide value to the world.”


Dion Hinchcliffe has made an interesting map that shows what technologies the NGE should focus on. The map is quite comprehensive. However, I do miss one technology that in my opinion is the most important of all. And that is the Bitcoin platform. It’s enabling the Internet of Money and that is the most disrupting technology for the coming years.

The complete article can be read here.

Meet Moov, The Wearable Fitness Coach

Moov is much more than a fitness tracker. The watch-looking device knows how to run, swim and do pushups better than you, and it will coach you.

Also read our report on Empathic Computing.

Do wearable sleep monitors give athletes a competitive edge?

How much sleep does an athlete need to give them the competitive edge? We take a look at the technology that’s got the interest of the sporting industry.

Also read our report on Empathic Computing.