Tech Innovation in The Netherlands – Half Way There

This week Forbes released its list with the most innovative companies. No.1 on the list was for the fourth time in a row Salesforce. Funny enough, the vendor who has grown its business with a prominent No Software slogan is grouped in the application software category. Besides Salesforce there were 12 Internet and/or software related […] Read more »

From Turing to Watson

Can machines think? This was the question Alan Turing asked himself in his research paper ‘Computing machinery and Intelligence‘ in 1950. To address that question he had to change it since the term ‘thinking’ was too difficult to define. He therefore choose to change the question into “Are there imaginable digital computers which would do […] Read more »

Charting the Digital Economy: Part II

In our previous blog The METISfiles argued that charting the Dutch digital economy should be done in a much broader context than just measuring end-user value of digital products and services. But new digital services based on the principle of sharing, as practiced for instance by Uber, Lyft, AirBNB, Taskrabbit, SpullenDelen or Thuisafgehaald, pose a […] Read more »

The Digital Punch Clock

The promise of big data is finding useful correlations between numerous data sets and variables in a short time span and applying the outcomes for business or scientific purposes. But before reaping those benefits we need data. Fortunately there’s plenty of data available for analysis. The Digital Universe study, sponsored by EMC, estimates that in […] Read more »

Mobile Everything But The ICT Sector

There has been a lot of talk about the secret of Silicon Valley’s success as the ICT powerhouse of innovation for the US and the world. Back in the days it was coined Silicon Valley because of the concentration of companies involved in the production of semi-conductors in the Santa Clara valley. Now it is […] Read more »

Bitcoin: Boom, Bust or The Beginning?

Let’s be honest: do you really know how Bitcoin works? What it is exactly? Probably not. 99.9% of the people do not really know how this new currency works. But then, should we? The money we know, the Euro, dollar or other currencies, derives its value from government regulation or law; it is called fiat […] Read more »