Bill and Melinda Gates named World’s Greatest Leaders
Fortune magazine just published its World’s Greatest Leaders list and the Gates are at the top of the list for their enormously effective foundation ($4.4 billion in 2017) that impacts large causes. The Gates have targeted, in particular, the plight of underdeveloped countries, addressing malaria, HIV, lack of sanitation, lack of contraception, and many other maladies. The list contains a number of surprises, including the #2 greatest leader, Jacinda Ardern, the fearless and elegant Prime Minister of New Zealand.
dis-rup-shun: The age of recognized leaders being older white males is long over, and the qualifications of Fortune’s leaders are impressive. The World’s 2nd richest man (couple) is very optimistic that by channeling vast resources in a highly intelligent manner, we can change the world. It appears that the Gates are moving the needle in many communities, and if they can set the pace for other highly creative multi-billionaires such as Bezos, Ma, and even Musk, our world will be a much better place in a only a generation or two.
Google I/O love fest starts today
Google’s own industry event, taking place in MountainView, California, is expected to feature a number of innovations. Android Q is the code name for Google’s new mobile phone OS, which will feature some cosmetic enhancements and a lot of tools for developers. We will have to wait to see why this will impress. Stadia is Google’s on-line real time gaming platform that will bring high performance gaming to multiple devices. Pixel 3A and 3A XL are new phones — new additions to a lineup that has received good reviews for an alternative to the Samsung/iPhone hegemony. Nest branded Google Assistant with a display screen designed for countertop. Google Assistant and Chrome enhancements. ZDNet
dis-rup-shun: Google is walking an interesting line between software, services, and devices. Its Android phone line-up is getting good reviews but its Alexa-killer Google Assistants are in a distant second place. Branding them Nest will likely not change perceptions but may signal that Google is about to double down on a complete set of home automation products branded Nest. With Apple’s hardware dominance, Microsoft’s success with its Surface computer, Amazon’s success with Alexa and Kindle, Google must be in the device business to compete on multiple fronts. Of the FAAMG big boys (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google), only Facebook has failed to have at least one device hit.
Cyberattacks lead to missle attacks
For the first time ever, a government has retaliated against cyberattacks with airstrikes, showing that cyber warfare is damaging and is, well, warfare. Israel launced airstrikes on a Hamas cyber HQ building after a number of small projectiles were launched at Israeli targets by Gaza militant groups. Gizmodo
dis-rup-shun: Where does a nation draw the line between cyber bullying, cyber espionage, social media meddling, and acts of war? Given the value of information and the exponential growth of data, a nation’s assets are increasingly online. Damaging those assets is a big offense, and will evoke strong countermeasures. When does cyber interference become classified as an act of war? It is a 21st century problem.
Smart homes installed by professional installer/dealers
CEPro conducted a survey of professional installers to understand their role in the growing smart home marketplace. Installers, whose definition of a smart home is much more than an Amazon Echo connected to smart thermostat, listed the controller brands most frequently installed in pro jobs:
- DSC/Johnson Control
The voice controller most frequently installed is… Alexa.
dis-rup-shun: The smart home market is being driven by multiple channels, including installer/dealers, retail, direct to consumer, cable/telco, energy utilities, home builders and insurance companies. While product choices installed by dealers will be less expensive and more prevalent, the mass market channels will drive the most notable change, evolving from the current state to smart homes by incremental purchases and installations of individual smart products, such as lighting, locks, thermostats and doorbell cameras. These one-off product installations will lead consumers to want more, which will also drive demand for professional installers, as consumers realize, after their first experiences, that the price is worth it.