This evening, I finished reading a fascinating book, “Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy,” by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel.
Scoble and Israel propose that we are in the midst of a perfect storm:
Our perfect storm is composed not of three forces, but five, and they are technological rather than meteorological: mobile devices, social media, big data, sensors and location-based services. … they’re already causing disruption and making waves. As discrete entities, each force is already part of your life. Together, they have created the conditions for an unstoppable perfect storm of epic proportion: the Age of Context.
I have long been fascinated with the concept of context. I first mentioned context as an important factor in Identity Management in July, 2005, as I blogged about the Catalyst Conference. During my years with Sun Microsystems, we often spoke about “context-aware, blended services” being delivered via mobile devices. For example, in September, 2008, one of my blog posts entitled, “Sensor-triggered Personalized Services,” stated, in part:
Project Destination, an initiative I lead for Sun, is all about providing the infrastructure to deliver highly personalized, context-aware, blended services to online users across the “screens of your life.” When you couple sensor technologies with Identity, personalization and service orchestration techniques, you can get some powerful results.
It is great to see the progression and refinement of that concept. I sense we are barely scratching the surface of possibilities in this arena. Lot of fun ahead!