Innovations Talk: Digital Ecosystems and the Fable of the Boiling Frog

In 2014, the total number of mobile-connected devices has exceeded the world’s human population and it is forecasted to surpass the 12 billion mark by 2022. The widespread adoption of new integrated forms of pervasive computing, alongside advances in ubiquitous networks and the proliferation of fluid multi-device platforms are enabling the rise of Ubiquitous Digital Ecosystems. The pervasive nature of these technologies is nurturing a state of perpetual connectivity that is blurring the temporospatial boundaries of human and machine interaction — paving the way in our society to a number of ‘paradox of technologies’ that are simultaneously emancipating and enslaving. These fluid and evolving sociotechnical-ecosystems pose important challenges and opportunities for academics and practitioners. In this presentation, we explore the evolution of digital technologies — from stationary data processing devices to ubiquitous digital ecosystems. Rather than focusing on disruptors, we focus on disruption and its broad repercussions for individuals, organizations and society. We highlight the associate risks and potential consequences of the hectic diffusion of these technologies with the aim to stimulate a dialogue on what risks we are willing to take in order to benefit from the affordances that digital ecosystems provide and how can we create a smart, inclusive and sustainable future.

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Eusebio Scornavacca is Parsons Professor of Digital Innovation at the University of Baltimore and director of the Center for Digital Communication Commerce and Culture. He also holds the J&M Thompson Chair in Management Information Systems at the Merrick School of Business. A sought after speaker, he is frequently delivering keynotes and lectures around the world. Prior to joining UB, Scornavacca was director of research at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is a research fellow at King’s College, London and has held visiting positions in Japan, China, Italy, France, Finland, Egypt, Brazil and New Zealand. He is globally engaged in a number of research initiatives investigating the impact of emerging digital technologies at the individual, organizational and societal levels. His research interests include disruptive digital innovation, digital ecosystems, algorithm delegation and digital entrepreneurship. During the past 20 years he has conducted research in a wide range of industries, including research sponsored by the private sector. Scornavacca research has appeared in leading journals and he serves on a number of editorial boards and conference committees.

Cindy Dick
Sep 18 2019 - 2:00pm
Coor Hall Room 4403