October 21st, 2013 | 4 MIN READ

Celebrating The Age of Context with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel's Book Launch

Written by Lisa Walker

The official book launch for Robert Scoble and Shel Israel’s Age of Context is coming up soon. November 7th marks the date and it’s already sold out event. However we at Elastic Path have one special door ticket to give away. You will have to make your way to Santa Clara on your own speed but it will be ever so worth it. First person to email lisa.walker@elasticpath.com with three possible points of context gets it.

This is a hot ticket event. Expect to see all the visionaries and digerati mentioned in the Age of Context book, visionaries who are on the leading edge of the digital revolution creating new products and creating a groundswell of brand support through the addition and application of contextual information.

Tech Evangelist and Thought leader

Robert Scoble is a blogger, technical evangelist, author and premier thought leader on the age of context which we are now entering.

Scoble writes:

The Age of Context is about how we relate to everything around us. It has to do with what we take in with our five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell, and how what we perceive with them affects the situations we find ourselves in. It influences the choices make, based on what’s going on around us and what we expect or want to do next.

Above all, it’s Google Glass that’s ushering in the Age of Context. Scoble, a big fan of Glass and the 107th person to receive a prototype, is both a pioneer and evangelist of the new terrain being developed for this interface.

All Things Glass

Glass is not just about wearing a pair of camera and phone-enabled glasses on your head - that is just the outward static product. Glass is about Google knowing whether you are looking up or down, who you are looking at (via facial recognition) and where you are in the world (via geolocation). Glass can detect your eye movement, your walking direction (north, south, from here to there), whether or not you are in conversation and who you are in conversation with (via other Glass owner detection).

Through Google this information can then be assembled in conjunction with the subject matter of your emails, who you are corresponding with, which ads you click, your browser and search behavior, what appointments you’ve booked in your calendar and perhaps what subjects you are writing about (via Google Drive).

All in all, Google is going to have a pretty good understanding of us as individuals, our pathways through our day, who we meet, where we go, what time we wake, what meetings we attend, what we are interested in and what questions we have.

Combined with health sensors, such as those detecting our heartbeat rate or blood sugar level, a dynamic picture of us will emerge complete with our hopes, dreams, aspirations and frustrations, along with the more mundane aspects of our lives such as relationship status, job searches, and media viewing habits. Scary and exciting stuff.

The Five Forces of Context

Age of Context covers the bases of what’s being done right now by smart, forward thinking companies and what’s on the near edge of the future. Retail, sports franchises, maps, sensors, auto industry, Geo-fencing, anticipatory systems, self-driving cars, urban planning, maker movement and contextual health are all covered and broken down into the discrete technologies powering each experience.

The book delves into the five forces of context: mobile, social media, data, sensors and location and the resulting commerce of convenience such as pinpoint marketing that can result when you understand the greater context of your customer.

Diving into the Digital World

The potential of the digital world is vast and deep but charting a course as to how to get there is often confusing and murky. We exist with legacy technology and in many cases, legacy ideas that need to be examined and challenged.

The API economy is in full swing. Big Data is here. The Internet of Things just around the corner. At Elastic Path we’ve come to realize that to be able to play in this space you need to have certain architectural “philosophies” that value openness and integration over the hard-fast boundaries that used to define a corporation. Your backend architecture will change, your executive C-level will be challenged and internal roles will shift as “the compelling notion of context —the sum total of what your customer has told you and is experiencing at the moment of engagement” is taken into account.

Celebrating the Age of Context

This is why we are celebrating this book and its authors. Who better to bring us insight into the future than Scoble and Israel, who can pull it all together for us and paint a picture of tomorrow by showing us examples already in play today?

The launch is going to be enlightening and wonderful and most likely a rip-roaring party. Congratulations Robert and Shel for a timely, important book that everyone from Marketers, IT, and CEOs will appreciate as it sets the bar as to what is coming up with respect to context and provides working examples that entertain and enlighten by showing us the end experience.

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