Slush – what did I learn?
Slush 2016 was more exciting than ever. The world is changing, and it’s changing fast. Hype words such as AI, VR, AR, etc. are not only hype words, they are put into practice by companies of different scale around the world. The future is here. To be able to cope with the change, we need to learn continuously. How? Well, visiting Slush once a year is a good start. What did I learn from Slush then? Here’s a few pointers:
1. Before heading to slush on Wednesday I woke up to a notification on Tinder (the match-making application): “We have changed your profile photo. You are getting more matches with photo number three.” Artificial intelligence is here and it’s evolving fast. Already now, you are able to have conversations with different kinds of bots. Even though they are not always as fluid as conversations with real people, before you even notice, they might just be. People in customer service beware. Bots will replace you! It’s just a matter of time.
I just visited New York, Rio De Janeiro and Berlin in 15 minutes.
2. I just visited New York, Rio De Janeiro and Berlin in 15 minutes. How? In virtual reality. The VR technology is evolving fast and soon enough you can actually ponder between a trip to Rio via airplane or via VR. We are not there yet, but soon we will be. “Great?”, you may ask. Most definitely yes. Having a similar experience without causing pollution is something we should strive for.
3. Learning always takes work, but it can be made fun. How? With gamification! There are no stupid people, there are only bad teachers. With technology, we can create an efficient and fun learning platform for everybody. Along with the Founder of Lightneer, Lauri Järvilehto, I believe that the future of learning relies on gamification.
4. Founders of Spotify (Daniel Ek) , Skype (Niklas Zensström) and Supercell(Ilkka Paananen) were talking about the importance of people in their panel “How we failed our way to success”: To be able to create and develop a successful company you need to have the right people. Regardless of what you are doing, the people behind your organization are the most important aspect of success. First of all, the founders have to share a common vision. This however, is not enough. Every recruit needs to fit the company culture and the whole organization should share a common vision.
Regardless of what you are doing, the people behind your organization are the most important aspect of success.
5. Location independent life. Nowadays income is in many cases independent on location. E.g. software development can be done anywhere, anytime. Costs, on the other hand are not as location independent as income is. At least as of yet. With sharing economy and services such as Airbnb, Uber, etc. we are heading to a direction where also the costs are flexible. But do people want to move around if VR develops fast? We will see.