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Internationally recognised IT security and e-business guru
Tim Cole is an expert on Internet, eBusiness. Social Web and the so-called Internet of Things . Born 1950 in Washington, he has lived in Germany for over 50 years, pursuing a career as a journalist, book author, TV presenter and public speaker.
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Tim Cole's 2023 biography
Tim Cole is an expert on Internet, eBusiness, Social Web and IoT topics. He was born in Washington in 1950 but has lived in Germany for more than 50 years, where he works as a journalist, author, TV presenter and speaker at congresses and corporate events.
His book Success Factor Internet (published 1999 in German by Econ) was the first book in German to describe the impact of digital technology and the Internet on companies and organizations. In The Customer Cartel (2004) he correctly predicted the power shift between customers and vendors in an age of total connectivity. Enterprise 2020″ forecasts even more far-reaching transformation as digital networks, mobility and total communication become everyday facts of private and business life. In Digital Enlightenment Now! , which is available in English at Amazon and other bookstores, he collaborated with the late Ossi Urchs to explore the cultural, social and philosophical ramifications of digital networking and the Internet.
In his current book, Digital Transformation , he warns against complacency in dealing with the effects of digitalization and urges entrepreneurs and managers to speed up transition to achieve the goal of becoming a truly digital enterprise.
In his latest book, Wild Wild West – What the history of the Wild West teaches us about the future of the Digital Society, which will be out in both German and English in November 2018, he draws parallels between the time the West was won and the current period of digital upheaval we are faced with today. Then and now, people were embarking on an exciting journey into uncharted territory beyond the rule of law and order, but offering unlimited new possibilities. Along the way, they encountered gunslingers, cattle rustlers, and stagecoach robbers, just as we have to deal with hackers, trolls and data thieves. GAFA—Google, Amazon. Facebook and Apple – today wield power only comparable to the “Robber Barons” of the late 19th century, when Standard Oil, AT&T and the big railroad trusts ruled America with their greed.
Today, we need to develop standards of decency and civility online; effectively setting up a new social contract for the Internet Age. And we desperately need digital ethics; a kind of moral compass which will help us shape our thinking and our actions in ways that will lead to the kind of future we wish ourselves and our kids to live in.
Tim Cole is editor-in-chief of Smart Industry – the IoT Business Magazine , which explores the challenges and opportunities brought about by total connectivity, autonomous automation, cognitive computing, self-learning algorithms, blockchain, and predictive analysis.
Tim Cole's 2023 talks & topics
Wild Wild Web - What the history of the Wild West teaches us about the future of the digital society.
The discussion about how to break the supremacy of the GAFA monopolies – Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – and establish a functioning digital ethics system is long overdue. After all, we don’t want to live in the Wild West – we can watch it in the cinema.
- Digital robber barons and the second age of gold leaf
- GAFA and how she sees the world
- Digital commons and digital sin eaters
- We are the Web!
- 10 things we can learn from the Wild West
The next 5 to 10 years will decide who will be the digital winners and who will be the losers.
The purpose of digital transformation is to improve the process efficiency of business activities.
- Digital transformation is the further development of isolated solutions for company-wide networking to support all value-adding company activities in order to reduce process costs.
- The electronic coordination and control of all business activities in the final stage of development enables cost-effective, but above all customer-oriented corporate management.
- The digital transformation is not a universal hat that can be put over every company, but an individual, complex system that creates the transparency to mitigate or eliminate company-specific weaknesses, but supports and emphasizes the strengths and uses them even more effectively.
Intelligence of the future: How computers learn to think for us
Man is the most intelligent being in the world, but his intelligence is the result of an evolutionary process that has lasted thousands of years and is far from over. What does the future of intelligence look like and how intelligent will our future be? Im Cole, author of the book “Digital Enlightenment – Why the Internet Makes Us Smarter” (Hanser-Verlag) explains in his lecture how intelligence arises, what other forms of intelligence are possible and gives an insight into the current state of computer research, which shortly is on the verge of a breakthrough to “learning-capable” systems, so-called “cognitive computers”.
In doing so, he takes away his viewers’ fear of the typical horror stories from the field of science fiction: the computer will not enslave people; it will help him to solve complex intellectual tasks better than is possible today with the help of “Intelligence 1.0. Such systems will revolutionize cancer research, prevent economic catastrophes like the recent banking crisis and allow traffic to flow more smoothly on our roads.
The fact that computers can become mentally active for humans is a similarly revolutionary step as the automation of production (quantity and quality of work), the “physical superiority” of machines (aircraft, weapons…) and the invention of new materials and active ingredients (plastics , medicines…), which were also first invented by humans so that they are useful to humans. According to Cole, what is useful for people should also be done. With the help of artificial intelligence that complements and augments human intelligence, we will become better human beings ourselves, with the ability to solve problems that were previously far beyond our (thinking) abilities.
The internet was just the beginning
- How – and where – will we work in the company of tomorrow?
- How do we deal with customers and employees who grew up with the Internet?
- Which course must companies set
- What lessons can we learn from the example of other companies that have long been moving towards the digital future?
Social, mobile and big data: a storm warning
Are we being swept up in the whirlpool of total information, or are we successfully riding the wave?
- Three major trends on the internet, intensifying into a perfect storm
- Opportunities and risks from total transparency
- What demands must citizens and consumers now make of politics and business?
Will we soon be the digital idiots?
Why we need digital education.
- Will Google tell us in future what we are allowed to think?
- Digital adaptation: why humans cope very well with the digital transformation.
- The information age is the next step on the evolutionary ladder.
Mittelstand 2.0: How small and large companies can successfully respond to the challenge of the “participatory Internet”.
Pulcinella’s secret: IT security in the age of WikiLeaks
Asia for professionals – strategies for the global middle class
Dream or nightmare: America between optimism and narrow-mindedness
The Mobile Man: Welcome to the land of the Techno-Bedouins
Loyalty must be worthwhile – the customer as a company asset
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