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Mikael Eriksson Björling

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Life in 2025: A new model for emerging roles

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We are now sixteen years into the new millennium and we have had internet and a global standard for mobile telephony for a quarter of a century. The new millennium marks in many ways the transition from the age of industrialization to a new paradigm, which we call The Networked Society.

Now, with some distance, we are able to see the age of industrialization for what it really was. To generalize, it was an era of escalating capitalism, mass-manufacturing, mass-consumption, and a highly modernistic organization of life into clear cut categories, invented by the great institutions of the 20th century: governments and large enterprises.

During the age of industrialization the individual left her rural and collective societies, moved into cities and urban areas, separated work life from private life, made more money than ever before, increased her standard of living, and started to consume the fruits of the free markets. But how are these structures being challenged? What is happening with life and lifestyles right now? In what direction are we moving? How are values and attitudes changing? And what clusters of different lifestyles do we see emerging? These are some of the questions we explore in the Life in 2025 work. This work is based on multiple sources from the research we done the last five years (which you are welcome to explore at The Networked Society site)

On an overall level we’d argue that it’s possible to understand the new structure of society along two dimensions: inside the system vs. outside the system; that is, those that are part of established institutions, networks, and employment and those who are not. The next dimension is if you are empowered or dependent; that is, those who are active in society and strive to control their own situation and those who are dependent on other groups in society and with less control of their own situation. This gives us four macro level groups to consider: The Resourceful, The Social, The Players, and The Anchored. Into this model we also want to plot a fifth group we expect to emerge in the Networked Society, The Mobile, which gives us the following model.life-in-2025-588x300

All these groups have different life conditions, their lifestyles, values and attitudes are different. So this model is a framework for thinking and analyzing, rather than a quantified picture of the world. The size of the quadrants and how many people that will be empowered vs. dependent is very much a political and ideological question and this will be different in different countries. I hope you’ll join me over the course of my next five blogposts, as I describe the different lifestyles one by one.

Read more the the Networked Society blog >>>

Intelligent medicine: the future of health

The Swedish American Life Science Summit, held August 21 – 23, had many interesting presentations and discussions about various topics across the life science sector, such as Innovative Healthcare Delivery Models and Creating a Digital Health System.

At the event, I presented Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society and some of the concepts that could be realized today if we utilize the possibilities we have within connectivity and networking.

Here are a few examples:

The Doctor in a Box is a device that you can either have in your home or that can be brought to you by a home Samaritan, relative or friend. It offers distant healthcare and video conferencing with real doctors for daily/weekly checkups like blood pressure and a simple blood test to see that you are fine and that the medications you take are working well.

The “Doctor in a Box Program” aims to make it easier to get medical assistance, by simultaneously reducing the pressure on the health care system.

Intelligent Medicine Jar acts together with the Living Tray ( an app running on the tablet that connects with the medicine jars), and displays live, up-to-date information on the outside packaging. You are identified with fingerprints, so no one can take the wrong medicine. The packaging is secure, keeps track of your consumption and dispenses only the right amount of pills. If the patient combines medicines that are negative to each other it will send a warning.

Fast line traffic management is an advanced traffic logistics system, providing real-time information through its network. This enables green lights along the route of emergency vehicles and directs traffic flow effectively in rush hour. This reduces the risk of collisions and shortens travel time in matters of emergency, saving lives for patients and reducing risk in traffic.

To learn more, view my presentation on SlideShare or look at the Networked Society blog 

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