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What Mobile BI Used To Look Like, And Where It’s Going (Back to the Future!) Mobile BI has been around for a long time.

What Mobile BI Used To Look Like, And Where It’s Going (Back to the Future!)

Starting in the late-1990s, the first SMS-enabled telephones became mainstream in Europe, with basic broadcasting of the latest figures available in your BI system (or email, fax, pager, etc.). By the end of the decade, the first telephones with WAP browsers were used to provide interactive BI, quickly followed by connected PDAs with basic HTML browsers. Here’s what SAP BusinessObjects looked like on the Nokia 7110 in 1999, on a Compaq PDA running Windows Pocket IE, an AvantGo PDA, and a Japanese DoCoMo i-mode phone in 2001: The arrival of all these new mobile devices was supposed to usher in a new dawn of mobile analytics. Here’s a slide from a presentation a decade ago by then-marketing-VP Dave Kellogg, including the heady prediction that “5-25% of companies indicated they already provide or will provide wireless access to BI within 6-12 months”.

The Robot Hiring Boom Has Arrived. The knock against many technology companies is they create too few jobs in their own countries.

The Robot Hiring Boom Has Arrived

That complaint needs serious amending. Tech companies are creating plenty of jobs for robots. Foxconn, the leading manufacturer of electronics in the world -- which makes Apples iPhones and iPads, among other products -- plans to build 500,000 robots over the next three years to either replace or augment the company's human workforce. Foxconn currently supplements its 1.2 million human workers with 10,000 robots. The Future of Work. Hi, this is Steven Cherry for IEEE Spectrum’s “Techwise Conversations.”

The Future of Work

This is show number 79. Sixty years ago, there were about 350 000 switchboard operators working for AT&T. Today, there are fewer than 20 000. Nowadays, automation is moving up the skills ladder in just about every profession. Is the 'Facebook for Robots?' Verdict: Maybe. Yesterday saw the launch of a website called, which aims to be a sort of social network and cloud communications system for consumer robots and other "smart" household objects.

Is the 'Facebook for Robots?' Verdict: Maybe

It's a great idea, but like most great ideas, it may come with a catch. The idea behind MyRobots is to create a social network where robots can communicate with you and with each other.