I am sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

These were the words of HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) to astronaut David Bowman in Arthur C. Clark’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey (1969). As with many science fiction books, it takes a while before futuristic concepts become reality. In this case the onboard HAL 9000 computer concludes that the crew of the spacecraft is […] Read more »

Rise of the Machines Part 6: Self Driving Drones

Drones are hot, especially the flying ones. Their greatest benefit is their ability to perform arial surveys at very low cost. Packed with sensors and still evolving in range and size they are loved by information centric organizations. A drone’s ability to carry cargo, however, is still somewhat cumbersome. Information has no weight but physical […] Read more »

Retail, Coffee and Work

Retail Last year the METISfiles reported on the demise of retail shops in city centers. With consumer e-commerce  growth reaching 17% in 2016, and total consumer commerce growing 1.7%  traditional commerce is up the creeks. It is not that 1.7% growth in consumer commerce is low, on the contrary, it is a healthy number compared […] Read more »

The Dutch Digital Economy: Death of Retail

Retail has always been a good indicator of the state of the economy and consumer confidence. The economic crisis following the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 saw a sharp decline in consumer household spending on consumer goods. Even in 2015 spending on consumer goods was still 4% under the all time high of € […] Read more »

The EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index: Reasons to be Cheerful?

February 2016 The European Commission released a press bulletin on the digital state of its European members. Apparently The Netherlands climbed two positions on the European digital ladder and now holds a second place after Denmark. Reasons to be cheerful? Figure 1: Pillars of DESI and IDI The index is based on 5 pillars: Connectivity, […] Read more »

Charting the Dutch Digital Economy Part VIII: C2C, The Elephant in the Room?

In our series on the Dutch Digital Economy we have so far analyzed the Dutch B2B and B2C e-commerce market. The total business conducted in the B2B and B2C commerce in 2014 equaled € 1015 billion of which 8,7% can be attributed to e-commerce. But when analyzing e-commerce there are a few other markets that […] Read more »