Mikael Eriksson Björling

About digital transformation, design, creativity and lifestyle in the Networked Society.



Cooperative transport systems – the next step in transport transformation

Today about 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. Most people need transport every day – to and from work, to pick the kids up at school, to go to an evening course or to meet some friends. People spend on average 2 hours and 20 minutes commuting every day in big cities like Hong Kong, London or Moscow.

But even if you stay at home, most things that you use or consume in your everyday life have done their fair bit on the road, sea or in the air. The transportation of people and the logistic networks for transporting goods are a fundamental part of the world economy, and things are about to change in this field in a big way.

What we see happening right now is that connectivity is starting to change how transportation is done. Right now regular people and startup businesses are the drivers for change, focused on new transport services connecting free transport capacity with transport demands. Services like Lyft and Uber for personal transportation, BlaBla Car and Zip Car for rideshares. This development is leading many to question the necessity of private car ownership. However, if you are a car owner, you could turn that into a business by renting out your overcapacity to people in a need of a car, using services like RelayRides or Getaround.

Another movement driving change is crowdsourced data. Traffic management apps like Waze and Moovit now allow people, businesses and city governments to streamline their use of public infrastructure in real time.

The digital connectivity of these services opens up transport assets and information to more people, at more times and in more forms. Continue reading at the Networked Society blog.

The office is dead – long live the exchange place!

The office space is changing and I don’t thing we understand the impact of that change. It will change how we organize work. I have a new post on the topic at the Networked Society blog >>>

Mobiltelefonen – förändrade kommunikationsvanor och ökande kostnader

Enligt Sveriges officiella statistik har kostnaden för svenska hushålls kommunikation ökat årligen sedan år 2000. Under perioden 2000-2010 ökade konsumtionen av kommunikation med 113 %. Kostnaden har skjutit i höjden i allt snabbare takt och mellan år 2009 och 2010 ökade kostnaden med 6,7%. Vi ser en koppling mellan kostnadsökningarna och hushållens användning av mobiltele­fon. För att förstå den decennielånga ökningen av kommunikationskostnader som SCB identifierat vrider vi tillbaka klockan till mobiltelefonens barnår…

I december skrev jag och min kollega Marcus ett kapitel i Konsumtionsrapporten 2011 som är en årlig publikation från Centrum för konsumtionsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet. I rapporten sammanfattas och analyseras hushållens privata konsumtion i Sverige under 2010. Ladda hem och läs!


On the importance of connectivity

On a flight to Barcelona on a plane packed with telecommunication professionals headed for the Mobile World Congress this week, I took the chance to reflect on the lack of internet connectivity and what it means not to be connected. Read this post at:

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