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Innovation before all

A book illustrates the opportunities and risks of the last frontiers of all things digital

 

Innovation runs faster than businesses and than all of us. It is a question of pace and technique, but also of culture (not only business). So we need to gear up not to try to overtake innovation (which would otherwise not be such), but at least to try not to lag too far behind it. Knowledge and reason are tools better to understand and make better use of innovation, so they must be part of the baggage of every citizen as well as of any good entrepreneur. Reading “L’innovazione non chiede permesso. Costruire il domani digitale” (Innovation doesn’t ask permission. Building the digital future) written by Luca Tomassini, could be a good step in this direction.

The statement at the heart of the book – about 300 pages long – is that the rate of growth of innovation over the last fifty years exceeds that of human history, as well as the volume of information and data we have today. In other words, all progress anticipates the time in which it occurs, every great innovation follows the same pattern. And Tomassini tries to tell and explain this pattern.
Starting with the observation of how the innovation precedes legal coding, procedures and policies and how scenarios have changed and are changing: from artificial intelligence, to employment, young people as leverage for the future that the author sees as an algorithm, an essay on the universe on-line and off-line that we are experiencing and which awaits us around the corner.

So anyone reading the book starts by addressing a simple but often forgotten idea – “there is no escaping the future” – and then moves on to exploring topics such as digital citizenship, artificial intelligence, big data, privacy, changes in employment and daily life subjected to the relentless pace of innovation that does not let up.

What Tomassini has written (boasting a lengthy experience in the areas he writes about) is a sort of  summa  of the state of the art of innovation today and a framework on the future horizon which sheds light on its potential as well as possible threats. It is a book worth reading to learn about and then begin to understand.

L’innovazione non chiede permesso. Costruire il domani digitale (Innovation doesn’t ask permission. Building the digital future)

Luca Tomassini

Franco Angeli, 2018