5 Ideas For Your Next Blog Post

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It’s coming close to the end of the year and that means that we have all written one too many blog posts. If you’re finding yourself endlessly searching for interesting topics and running out of ideas, you’re not alone. I began searching this week and discovered an array of topics that I thought might be interesting, but I didn’t want to choose one. Instead of choosing, I wanted to give the class a list of potential topics for their next post. Here are five innovative topics within digital business that some of you may find interesting.

1. Car Automation: The war for our free time.

Self-driving cars which once seemed like science fiction are all too close to an inevitability. Total adoption of autonomous vehicles may be far down the line, but there is no doubt that they are coming. With them, comes war. That war is over the one billion hours of free time that self-driving cars will allot to human beings each and every day. Instead of driving we will have the free time and free will to do what we please. To organizations, this time is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. This means that organizations within advertising, technology, social media, entertainment and others will be fighting for your attention. The winners will likely be the ones who are able to strike deals with car manufacturers early on. rinspeed-xchange-concept-passengers-and-rear-entertainment-system.jpgIt’s also quite likely that there will be some type of computer interface within these vehicles, giving the person being driven the opportunity to do almost anything; browse Tasty videos on social media, FaceTime Grandma, read or whatever else they may please. Questions to consider here: Will people have to work during their commutes? What will happen to all the freed space of parking lots? Who will win the war for our time?

If you’re interested, follow the links below to learn more:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-autonomous-idUSKBN0M10UF20150305
http://www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/technology-driving-innovation/cars-2025/

2.  Augmented Reality? Virtual Reality? No. Mixed Reality.

The difference between augmented and virtual reality is pretty easy to understand. Augmented reality puts digital images on top of the world we live in, a type of digital layer intertwined with the one we live in. Virtual reality is contained, often within a headset, and is a world of its own. VR does not exist over our world, we experience it, take off a headset, and are back in our current reality. Mixed reality, however, is even more impressive. On the surface it looks like augmented reality, a digital layer on top of the world. The difference? When a user of mixed reality goes to touch one of the digital objects in mixed reality, say a floating Rubik’s Cube dangling in front of them, their hand disappears behind the image of the cube. In traditional AR, the digital image would be distorted. This is quite profound and I will tell you why. If you are seeing that cube instead of your hand, that means, to your brain, the cube is more real than your hand. Your brain recognizes the cube’s digital existence as more real than that of your hand. Imagine the possible business implications, the way we would interact with such a technology and the array of real-world objects that we could replace with it.

giphy-1.gif“Mixed reality (MR)—sometimes referred to as hybrid reality—is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.”

If you’re interested, follow the link below to learn more:

https://www.foundry.com/industries/virtual-reality/vr-mr-ar-confused

3. Rebuilding Humans

Scientists have been working towards 3-D printing body parts for years: jaw bones, ears, kidneys, you name it. The technology behind 3-D printing allows them to first scan the body part they are trying to recreate. Using a combination between stem cells, a water-based gel, and a biodegradable plastic, scientists have been able to create tissue with intricate networks of channels that blood is meant to pass through. Along with 3D printing, there has been a whole new wave of prosthetics, replicating human actions with often more strength than the recipient’s lost body part. giphy-2.gifHands, arms, and other extremities are all in the realm of current prosthetic technologies, and so is the brain. Scientists have even been able to restore movement for some quadriplegics by connecting a small computer to the recipient’s brain. The future for this industry bodes some enormous questions for the business world. Who will own the data of an individual’s prosthetic? Will these devices be considered some form of IOT? What will happen to our workforce as hundreds of thousands of people on donor lists are saved by printed organs and what companies will emerge as the leaders of this technology?

If you’re interested, follow the links below to learn more:

https://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_printing_a_human_kidney
https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/living-with-future-prosthetics/57f23b68906e2554de052361

4. Blockchain

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Blockchain is confusing. Even when you think you understand it, you really only understand the basics. I guess to be confusing is a good trait for a system that is meant to be impossible to break into. Regardless of what you know, blockchain currently allows humans to swap currency, music, and other digital files with complete security. Just recently, blockchain has pushed past the financial industry and its future applications lie dormant waiting for pioneering engineers. Within a decade, blockchain will likely be applied to an array of topics like the electric grid, political voting systems, our AirB&B transactions, and will help in securing the data of our digital identities, finally giving us ownership of our online identities. Here are some cool applications of blockchain to consider.

If you’re interested, follow the links below to learn more:

http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman-blockchain-beyond-the-hype-practical-uses-2016-5

5. What are you doing after you graduate? Becoming a professional gamer.

Whether you like to play video games or not, the industry has seen an explosion over the last couple decades. Professional gaming has been broadcasted on huge TV networks like ESPN while some professional gamers are making millions of dollars. Twitch, a platform for gamers to stream themselves playing video games, sees its top broadcasters being paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars. Twitch is just one of the many platforms being used along with a handful of gaming social media platforms like Raptr where users can broadcast their gaming progress to their friends and the larger community. Questions to consider: What will a social media platform for VR/AR gaming look like?  How can platforms like this monetize effectively?

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If you’re interested, follow the links below to learn more:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/13/amazons-twitch-streamers-can-make-big-bucks.html

I hope these topics sparked some ideas about what you would all like to write about next!

7 comments

  1. joeking5445 · ·

    Great idea for a post! I think I have an idea for my final blog, but I hope others will write on your topics. I actually thought about writing about professional gaming. It is huge in Asia and growing in the United States. My fiend who is an architect is currently working on creating plans for a gaming cafe/arena in Brighton.

    1. Amazing industry. I believe it, the scene in Boston is definitely growing from what I have heard.

  2. drewsimenson · ·

    Great post with lots of topics that I personally find fascinating. I also have to say that blockchain still doesn’t make sense to me. I have VenMo but am still a little skeptical about whether there might be someone able to hack in and steal a lot of sensitive information. But I’m sure we’ll all understand it a bit better after the unit in class.

    1. It is very confusing and I understand your skepticism but the system itself has never been cracked. Overtime you here about Bitcoin being hacked or information being stolen, it is not the blockchain itself that is being broken into. Rather, individuals are giving out their account key #s to third parties who often invest the money. Those third-party institutions get hacked and then the hacker essentially has the key to the vault of all those accounts. If you keep your key # secret, this could never happen.

  3. ItsUlker · ·

    Great idea for a post! Fun, informative, and helpful! I was researching digital applications in helathcare as a part of my summer internship project (and even wrote a blog post about the digital health landscape), and I just find it fascinating how technology can be used in so many different ways to make lives better or to literally save lives. Going beyond prosthetics mentioned in your post and IoT devices discussed during the last week’s presentation in class, there is a potential to build a whole new ecosystem that covers individuals, healthcare institutions, insurance providers, businesses, payments and benefits systems, and, most importantly, governments. I think healthcare is one industry that, combined with technology, will have a tremendous impact on our lives in the future – and not only by impacting us directly, but through changing everything from government to business operations around us.

  4. clinecapen · ·

    Nice post and thank you for the ideas. I too am running out of topics that I find interesting and can fill a whole blog post. Thank you for explaining the difference between AR and VR. I think there is a lot of potential for human prosthetics and found that section of the blog very interesting. Hopefully when we cover Blockchain at the end of the semester it will make more sense.

  5. Great post. We’ll be covering blockchain in class on Wednesday!

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