Talk about striking a chord…
My recent three-part series on how quickly the mobile computing wave is changing the world around us was a hit. It got dozens of “likes” and shares and drew responses from more than 60 Era readers. Quite a few of you voiced some strong opinions and excellent ideas.
Given both the quantity and high caliber of feedback, I want to address some of your questions and comments today.
But first, I hope you will recall that for this series, I drew heavily on my chat with Michael Saylor, author of the new bestseller “The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything.”
Now, several of you expressed strong concerns about mobile security (the focus of Part 3 in the series). I’m going to use a comment from Gordan F. as an example:
“Good article. But what happens when someone has a gun to your head and quietly says “Draw out some cash please.’ Do you argue with the drug induced maniac? Or will the technology beat the crap out of the moron? You have no means to complain when you are dead with a bullet in the head, while the killer uses your finger print, eye recognition, etc. Don’t think so? There is no such thing as foolproof security, and what happens when the battery goes flat?”
Gordan, no, there is no foolproof security. That’s true. Having said that, street crime is really a very different level of threat. Most stolen phones get sold on the street pretty quickly for petty cash.
The kind of security Saylor was referring to involves turning the phone into a useless brick if it does get stolen. And also tracking the thieves who run away with it.
Take the recent burglary of $60,000 worth of goods, including computers, from the home of the late Steve Jobs. Police caught the thief after he turned on some of Jobs’ computers. An automatic alert went out to Apple and to local police. I see that type of alert becoming embedded in a huge number of phones, tablets, and PCs.
Also, as regards a gun to the head, that is a scary scenario, no doubt. But it might be similar to the alarm in my home. I have a special code I can press that will turn off the alarm, so the intruder thinks I’ve complied, but it also sends a panic alert to the company, which in turns sends out cops – who are told to approach with guns drawn.
Next up is a reader who identified himself as Anonymole. He wrote in with an idea to make mobile devices even more secure. His foresees using a smart phone or tablet to make payments in “the cloud,” meaning the merchant doesn’t “swipe” your credit card at all. Nor does the data reside inside your device. He sees it working like this:
“I tap in a tip for the server, hit ‘Validate Payment’ on the form that’s presented on my phone. Transaction done. At no point have I shared a personal thing with the restaurant. I’m completely anonymous. Just like cash. All they know is the transaction request was approved by their bank and I’m good to go. The core concept is that I do NOT send my information to the merchant. They send ME the transaction information which I use to complete the sale – in the Credit Cloud.”
This is an intriguing idea. I believe we will move in that direction over time. But again, no system is foolproof. Hackers could still get into the cloud, as they do now, to steal your identity. But Anonymole’s idea builds on Saylor’s – make it so the device is not worth stealing, or at least that it won’t cause you a financial disaster if lost.
Part 3 of the series also drew several questions from readers asking about possible stocks to invest in today. So here are the stocks I’m recommending now in Radical Technology Profits. My research service is all about making money off of small-cap firms with cutting-edge tech. And there’s never been a better time to get started. As you’ll see, it’s been years since we’ve had an opportunity to buy these “Mega RTDs.”
Now as you may recall, Part 2 of the series focused on the smash success of Apple’s iPad. That tablet accounts for 70% of the market. Right now, there is no close second.
Some of you raved about the device. But others had doubts. Pierre wrote that:
“iPad is currently nothing but a large, intelligent phone. A big toy to browse the Internet, send and receive emails and maybe play a few games (for those that are into that sort of thing). I will not consider buying an iPad or other tablet until they can do what my PC or my Mac can do for me in matters of word processing, spreadsheet and other really productive work. I hope that Microsoft does it right with their Surface tablet, but I am not holding my breath.”
Pierre raises some good points. No, a tablet can’t compete with a laptop or PC in terms of raw power, speed, and full-scale apps. But with all due respect, I think Pierre has glossed over the obvious – the iPad really can replace the PC for lots of daily routines for most people. And you can connect a wireless keyboard as well.
What’s more, the device is so intuitive that a child can pick it up and start putting it through its paces in no time flat.
To me, there is no doubt that there will always be a market for laptops (I’m writing this response on one). But the iPad just plain rocks in so many fields at once. It puts the world’s database of music, films, books, and knowledge in a small form factor that anyone can use around the world. The mobile wave is huge and unstoppable. Things will never be the same.
Finally, Part 1 focused on how mobile tech will help America regain its global tech leadership. Many of you were excited by the prospect. Jeffrey H. observed that:
“This whole topic could lift American morale at a time when we seem to be wallowing in low national and individual self-esteem. Forget your Prozac and curl up with your iPad.”
To which Larry responded:
“I agree! We really need an uplifting of American morale. I’m soooooo tired of the Chicken Littles across the spectrum whining “The sky is falling!’ Get over it!! The United States of America will rise again and it’s not going to be that much further in time! This whole topic is a good start!”
Great point, Larry. I believe that America has the chance to be the clear leader driving us forward in the Era of Radical Change. And to me, that’s something to celebrate.
I’m glad to say that not only was the series a hit, but many of you wrote to say nice things about the service itself. I’d like to share this one from Charles M.:
“I really love your articles, the simplicity of your explanations and your recognition of the progress and development of intricate components that will change the world, improving health, education and the lifestyles of everybody… The Era of Radical Change is what all Americans need to embrace before it is too late.”
Thanks, Charles, for the nice vote of support. We developed this service to do just that – help readers like you make sense of the massive changes coming at us at warp speed. I’m pleased to see that you think we’re doing a good job.