- Sven Verleyen
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How far will technology drive us to an 'open-data' economy?
How do you think technology would further force organizations to share knowledge, and enable our economy to become completely open-source?
Currently, competitors in the pharmaceutical industry are already collaboratively sharing their data-sets to improve research for each participant:
Will technology eventually make any institutional boundaries dissapear, where everyone is collaborating with everyone; no vertical structures like Philip Evans argues in his TED talk? Are we heading to a patent-free, open-source economy where organizations initially exist to solve social problems and not to make profit like Michael Porter argues in his TED talk?
For instance, 3D printing technology, combined with open-source food projects like Soylent, combined with data-sets of gut health and DNA, could eventually enable anyone to print his or her own personalized healthy food. Diabetes and heart diseases, two big cash cows of the pharmaceutical industry, would become rare diseases. No more hunger in the world because the ingredients are cheap and can be printed by anyone. Just this example could completely transform the food industry (food retail, fast-food,..) and potentially collapse the pharmaceutical and meat industry. Cows and pigs would approve.
But this is only possible when organizations make their data-sets accessible to everyone. For free. No discrimination or research bias. So other organizations or even individuals can combine different data-sets to derive patterns that will further drive growth and innovation. However, to me, this idealistic argument does not seem to be a good incentive for a profit-driven company to share its data-sets to the public and thus also (potential) competitors..