An insight-packed report from the Socio-Digital Systems group of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK landed on my desk today. In reading it, I rediscovered why communicating means so much more than simply transferring information from one entity to another. I was reminded that sometimes communicating over a distance is preferable to talking face-to-face, and I discovered how new generations of smart devices and software will support our communication needs in better ways tomorrow than in the past.
More than anything I recognised the profound changes our society is going through right now and saw how technological advances are propelling us all towards a more connected future.
Get your free copy of the report: Download here (.pdf, 8MB)
Microsoft Research: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/thingswevelearnt/
Next at Microsoft: http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2011/08/04/communication-is-about-giving-gifts-that-oblige-others-to-respond.aspx