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Meet Our Regular Contributors: Per Stenius, Clive Gifford and Jon Gant!

We are pleased to announce that we now have three regular contributors for our LG CNS blog.

Running this blog for two years, we found that our audience wants to learn not only state-of art technology in depth but also the latest IT trends. In this sense, we are trying to catch a glimpse of how ICT affects our lives and industries by reviewing ICT related history, the latest ICT trends and insights. Two IT professionals, Dr. Per Stenius and Dr. Jon Gant and an award-winning writer, Clive Gifford are planning to write for our blog once a month, starting this month. The three contributors will be presenting novel views on IT trends and insights that many corporations might have missed.

In fact, Dr. Per Stenius has been writing for the blog occasionally since last December. He has offered alternative views about IT related topics which has added a sense of diversity. To keep up with a wide variety of trends, insights and studies, we, therefore, decided to invite other eminent contributors from England and the U.S., thanks to Clive Gifford and Dr. Jon Gant.

Before we start posting contributors’ articles regularly, we would like to first introduce them to our readers. Let’s find out more about them through their interviews with LG CNS!

Per

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I am from Finland, and I moved to Seoul about three years ago. My wife is Korean, and I have a grown-up daughter who is now attending university in Finland. My professional background is quite diverse, since I have been a researcher (I have a PhD in Electrical Engineering), a management consultant (I worked with both McKinsey and Accenture), a venture capitalist (we had a 50M USD fund in early 2000) as well as a technology entrepreneur and CEO in several companies. On my spare time I enjoy hiking and rock climbing, so Korea is really a great place for me. My current work as the founder of Reddal Inc. gives me opportunity to work with a broad range of companies, and I also travel extensively due to my work. It gives me a lot of different perspectives on both technology and business, so I really enjoy that. I am honored to be part of LG CNS blog, and have enjoyed writing of the many new developments that we see in the technology landscape. These are interesting times, with so many new developments and innovations coming out continuously.

What does
I would like to keep the definition quite broad, since today IT is growing. In the past it was about computers and data transfer, but now cloud, smart devices, NFC, and Internet of Things (and many other technologies) are all expanding this. There are so many devices, so many types of networks, and so many functionalities and services today, that IT is really becoming a large part of everything that surrounds us. At home, at work, when we travel and when we relax or do sport we are continuously surrounded by IT. It is even in our clothes and shoes, and even in medical devices like smart pills with cameras for colonoscopy! We have drones, micro cameras and smart thermostats. So IT today is really a large part of our everyday life, and it is hard to avoid it. The interesting thing is that today IT is strongly both hardware and software. There was a time not long ago when hardware seemed like a commodity, but now with all the new sensors and data transfer mechanisms hardware has again raised to an important role. Meanwhile, the capability of software has also expanded through enhanced analytics, big data and new types of algorithms.

How and
This change will be enormous, and I think we are only starting to glimpse it. As I say this, I refer to the “broad” definition of Information Technology that I gave above. Sometimes I wonder how humans will be able to handle this change. It can feel overpowering to have all the information and all that continuous surveillance and measurement going on around us. But it is clearly an enormous change, since it enables so many new ways of solving problems and providing guidance for humans in their daily activities. More importantly, it will open up a lot of new path ways to automation, making our surroundings take care of themselves in many ways. One thing to consider is that this automation of processes will remove a lot of manual tasks and jobs. In fact, increasingly the role for humans will be to develop software and hardware so that IT can expand to ever new areas. As a result, it seems to me important that people understand IT, and that young people get a broad education that includes also elements of IT, and in particular programming. This is one area where the human capability of innovation and creating new solutions will continue to be important. At the same time, even if one is not an IT professional, it is good to know the limitations of IT, and also the risks IT brings along.

What do you
What I enjoy about the LG CNS blog is that it covers a large range of topics. For sure this is also a challenge, since there are many subject specific blogs that thanks to their focus can go more in depth. Nevertheless, the range of topics that LG CNS covers is one of the attractions to me. I hope that through my writings I can give readers new ideas and also just basic insight into the world of technology. Personally I am very interested in software development and the opportunities of big data and data visualization. Making things easier to understand for humans is something that has always excited me, and software (as well as hardware) can help a lot here. If you have seen some of the ways the Swedish global health expert Hans Rosling (can find his work on YouTube) presents socioeconomic data, you know what I mean. It is quite amazing, and it helps to understand what happens in the world around us. I am also interested in sensors and data-gathering, and how that helps us to make decisions or to automate certain decision-making or control problems, such as smart grids and smart homes. These are all topics I have been writing about, and I look forward to going further in-depth in these and other similar areas of rapid development.

Clive

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I’m a British journalist and author whose first book, on the Dragon 32 home computer, was published around the time of my 17th birthday. I ran a tiny but profitable computer games company and also wrote Using Computers In Education all the way back in 1985 as well as Going Online With Your Computer – published four years before the invention of the World Wide Web. I have since written over 180 books for adults and children including Cool Technology, Ten Inventors Who Changed The World, Gadgets, Games, Robots and the Digital World and How The Future Began. My recent book on the brain and optical illusions, Eye Benders, won the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize in November, 2014.

What does
To me, it is all about computing and digital technology, particularly to enable data flow and manipulation. It is about harnessing technology as enablers so that digital information can be used in an incredibly vast and varied number of different ways.

How and
I don’t think anyone, save for a few visionaries such as Douglas Engelbart and Vint Cerf, could have foreseen a world which is so interconnected by the flow of digital information as todays. Even in the midst of the first home computing boom in the late 1970s and 1980s, I could see how computers if they became faster and more reliable could benefit many, particularly if inter-connected over networks, but could not have guessed at what was to come. The same is the case looking forward today. We might be entering a plateau period (as other technologies have fallen into) with most of the great advances already behind us and merely incremental improvements and upgrades to come…or, perhaps we are only at the beginning of an exciting journey propelled by massive jumps in software, robotics, nanotechnology and brain-computing interfaces.

What do you
The past can inform the present and future, so I am looking forward enormously to writing about some of the visionaries, men and women, who were instrumental in devising and laying out key groundwork and principles that have helped create our IT-dependent world. I am also looking forward to writing about aspects of robotics, digital innovation and applied IT that interacts with the physical world and not just the digital world.

Jon

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I am a professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Systems (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. GSLIS, as it’s known, is the top-ranked program in library and information science in the United States. GSLIS is a charter member of the iSchools Project, a community of schools interested in the relationship between information, technology and people. GSLIS is recognized globally for translating the core principles of library science—information organization, access, use, and preservation—to meet the needs of our information society.
As a professor, I am also the founding director of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). At CDI, I am working some of the leading scholars and researchers to examine the social and economic impact of information and communication technologies globally to improve digital inclusion. My colleagues at the University of Maryland refer to digital inclusion as being comprised of three broad facets of access, adoption and application.
I have a range of research and experience. I am the principal investigator for the Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program. This is collaboration with University of Illinois Extension and the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab to build local high tech hubs in Illinois based to support digital fabrication and manufacturing, digital media production and data analytics. CDI is currently developing new research on smart cities/communities and next-generation Internet applications to serve the public.
Also, since 2009, I serve as a director of Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B), a University of Illinois-led intergovernmental consortium with the City of Urbana and City of Champaign operating an Internet service provider startup providing gigabit speed broadband Internet access serving households, businesses and community anchor institutions in Urbana-Champaign, IL.
I enjoy taking research and teaching out of the lecture hall and into the “real world”.   I have traveled extensively throughout the US and internationally to conduct research studies examining technology adoption in the global steel industry, metalworking, and the public sector. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, where I studied public policy and information management. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

What does
To me, IT is something you can dream of new ways to use digital technology to invent new solutions to the world’s grand challenges.

How and
I think the digital transformation of organizations will leverage emerging information and communication technologies to drive the performance of organizations. It’s amazing to see how the leading global organizations build digital platforms with digital technologies and data enmeshed with business process to meet the needs of each customer. As a scholar, I study these issues to figure out how to help organizations be innovative to get the most out of information and communication technologies.

What do you
With this blog, I will look at various topics including:

  • Emerging social media tools and practices to support collaboration and knowledge management in organizations;
  • Innovative approaches to develop applications and services for smart cities;
  • Leveraging locational computing to enhance customer experiences;
  • Development of big data storage and analytical tools to manage structured and unstructured data driving the next generation of data warehousing;
  • Next generation Internet networks and applications using software defined networking;
  • New trends to consumerize computer hardware and software for digital fabrication with 3D printing and other activities;
  • Advancements in mobile technologies and the customer service experience.

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