Karl Smith Top 100 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers to Follow in 2020

UbiNET CIO in Top 100 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers to follow in 2020 and why!

Karl Smith Futurist, Thought Leader and Influencer and former CEO of Paradigm Interactions Inc. named in the The Awards Magazine, Top 100 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers to Follow in 2020. Well let’s step back a bit from that, I mean it’s wonderful sounding but what does it actually mean and does it matter at all?

What are Thought Leaders and Influencers

When I first came across the concept of Thought Leadership and Influence I had though it related to teenagers giving makeup tips for free products or pseudo celebrities from reality TV areas endorsing products to make a living. Since neither area interested me in the slightest I was surprised that such a thing existed in relation to consulting services or technology and devices like mobile phones and personal computing. So in my normal response to new ideas I investigated it and found that Thought Leadership has been around for a very long time in pharmaceuticals where published and known doctors let their peers know about new products.

Elihu Katz in answers the question, “Who is an opinion leader?” One or more of these factors make noteworthy opinion leaders:

  • expression of values
  • professional competence
  • nature of their social network

The Influencer aspect is certainly newish but can also really be focused back to news media and the editorial format that is followed and represents the readers preference. As I have been blogging since 2001 and writing since 1989 about my work I appear to be such a person from what I have already done and continue to do today. My main blog https://karlsmith.info/ garners around 4,500,000 readers a year, when I first started it was mainly academic institutions in the USA and from the analytics it was clear that my free materials were being used to supplement several major University courses on Computer Human-Interaction and what UX was called in those days in the US Information Architecture.

Why do Thought Leaders and Influencers matter?

As, what work is, changes, so does how we acquire knowledge how we engage and what are our sources of truth. While marketers have believed for a long time they can tell people what to think that is no longer so easy to do as one display route Television is superseded by thousands of routes. When there is no longer a formal and trusted route to information the “people like me” and the “people I recognise” behaviours become the source of truth. The now famous facebook algorithms that mimic these perceptions drive content that Facebook thinks we will like. And shockingly Facebook is often right, people really don’t like to think, they do want an easy life and are giving up their personal freedoms for shared simple experiences. And this is where Thought Leaders and Influencers add the most value as they are clearly not the establishment so may be “people like me” and the “people I recognise”.

Discovering I’m Thought Leader and Influencer

While I was aware through my engagement as a Key Opinion Leader with Huawei Technologies since 2017 as a member of their global programme that my social media had impact with decision makers, I had never looked for recognition. I suppose I had always just focused on creating original content like my Huawei KOL peers. In May 2020 however I found Thinkers360 and thought it would be interesting to upload my content. What I discovered was that I was already a Thought Leader and Influencer but just did not know it. I have found the whole thing to be a nice gamification and a really good way to understand how my materials are viewed by others, so thank you Thinkers360 for giving me that context. I have gained a number of top positions and honourable mentions that really exposes the breadth of my experience to a wider audience.

Some snapshots of Ranking on Thinkers360 Today

  • Karl Smith ranked 5th overall Global Thought Leadership and Influencer
  • Karl Smith ranked 1st in Agile Global Thought Leadership and Influencer
  • Karl Smith ranked 1st in Big Data Global Thought Leadership and Influencer
  • Karl Smith ranked 1st in Customer Experience Global Thought Leadership and Influencer
  • Karl Smith ranked 1st in Customer Loyalty Global Thought Leadership and Influencer
  • Karl Smith ranked 1st in Digital Transformation Global Thought Leadership and Influencer
  • Karl Smith ranked 1st in Predictive Analytic Global Thought Leadership and Influencer
Karl Smith Thought Leader and Influencer Rankings on Thinkers360 10/25/20
Karl Smith Thought Leader and Influencer Rankings on Thinkers360 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 5th overall Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 5th overall Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Agile Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Agile Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Big Data Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Big Data Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Customer Experience Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Customer Experience Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Customer Loyalty Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Customer Loyalty Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Digital Transformation Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Digital Transformation Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Predictive Analytic Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20
Karl Smith ranked 1st in Predictive Analytics Global Thought Leadership and Influencer 10/25/20

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Thought Leader and Influencer Ethics

I have some very strong ethics around representation of, well really, anything. I believe I have a duty of care for people who read what I write to not mislead them. This may sound counter intuitive for an influencer but

for me just living is not everything, how I live is everything

I can’t represent something as good if I don’t know it is, just like I can’t give a job reference to someone I’ve not directly worked with. I think people have a right to expect truth, regardless of what that means now. The media describes our social media led world as post truth world, although this may be a shock to some people in marketing, I’m not selling the trust my readers have given me.

What I will do however is, when provided early access to information, about products or services that will aid people, then I will write about it. Often I will not write a face on or broadcast article as I’m not here to be a channel, I will compare the offering in market context and historically and bypass regional and economic bias. For example with Huawei I’m happy to still be involved with them, regardless of all the negative hype because I have no empire to protect. I wrote Government as a Service (GaaS), Spying as a Service (SaaS) the United Kingdom exports some unexpected things as a response to the ridiculous arguments about security risks that Huawei’s mobile infrastructure represents, because American politicians are crying WOLF. The real issue here is the American cultural attitude to investment in infrastructure and the fact they have dropped the 5G ball, they think private companies should set it up for the whole country, mainly because they know the government can’t. The USA is a collection of states not a centralised Country not since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal has the central government taken direct responsibility to resolve major infrastructure issues. I think there is an article there!

About Karl Smith

Karl Smith is a globally known founder in Customer Experience, User Experience, Agile, Digital Transformation and Thought Leader and Influencer based on projects delivered with Fortune 500 companies. He has been focused of Customer Experience since the 1980’s, Digital Transformation since the 1990’s and Agile since 2004 to deliver Digital First Thinking and Transformations and Mobile First since 2006. He has only recently discovered his Thought Leadership and Influencer impact but his blogs impact is clear having a readership uninterrupted by advertising. He has a presence on LinkedInTwitterXingBehanceFacebookCrunchbaseHivemindNetwork and many more networks with a focus on a specific audience, to create engagement and to ensure that he learns from others as well as shares his original content about the work he has done, inventions and insights.

Author of Designing for Human Experience

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Imagine If The Way We Now Live Became Redundant interview on Spotify with Karl Smith inventor of UbiNET

UbiNET use cases Imagine If The Way We Now Live Became Redundant

Ari Abraham from Philosophie Group Inc. Santa Monica, California talks to Karl Smith, a consultant, and innovator who has said in the past “My desire was not to build things that humans already do but to find out how technology could evolve our human experience.” Ari and Karl dig into some of his wins, his fails, and the adventure of having a storied history of projects all centered around the human experience.

In the first part of this interview Karl describes some successes some failures giving examples from projects he has worked on.

In the second part of the interview Karl Smith describes some of the use cases for UbiNET. The first implementation of UbiNET should be in FMCG with a focus on product lifecycle (creation to recycling) management, removal of the grey product economy (no more fake products of any kind). In the second version UbiNET becomes a transaction system with a daily mutating encryption to uniquely identify buyer and products.

UbiNET Smart Living IoT3

UbiNET Smart Living Platform Use Cases

The UbiNET platform is a unified framework that considers all aspects of future living and is intended to deliver solutions that move humanity on from dealing with mundane transactional activities into Smart Living where these transactions are hidden behind the scenes. The system provides absolute identity of everything, absolute ownership and absolute value.

Below are several use cases;

Ownership – when an item is purchased it becomes added to several new ecosystems through its embedded micro sensor; individual, family, community

While it may be considered that as resources become more scarce ownership will become much reduced and shared resources more common (including telecommunication devices like mobile phones) as profile identities become portable however ownership will continue to be a focus for some time. The adoption, usage and recycling of material and energy of every item will become more and more critical to the world over time.

Recycling – an item lifecycle is monitored from creation to recycling, items that are not recycled retain a relationship with their last individual owner or other structure like business/organisation.

Unfortunately the notion of law is for some an imposition on them rather than the glue of society where they consider their choice to be destructive a right, it’s not. Rights are created by societies and their boundaries agreed in societies underwritten by laws and law enforcement. The UbiNET platform is agnostic on by who and how societies laws are enforced only that citizens should be accountable for their actions to the society they live in and affect. One key accountability is recycling and the full lifecycle of products. While this may seem invasive its already highly common for consumers to give this data to stores as part of the purchase transaction where they are rewarded with loyalty points. The stores in turn utilise this data for product manufactures and to understand store dynamics.

Identity and Value – items that are not recognized as being part of an ecosystem may not join one. Without full lifecycle data, the item will be considered to have no value, fraudulent or stolen.

Absolute identity of items creates huge value to consumers and businesses alike, it removes all fake goods from the supply chain and establishes brand and product trust. For business the benefits are clear by removing fake products that damage their brands or create a risk to consumers. Many people will think of handbags with this, yes but what about fake airplane parts or baby milk? While these items can be traced, businesses who make them can also be traced.

By using an inverse data analysis, a home or other place can detect a person that has no recognizable items and consider them a threat. They will not be allowed access and become the focus of Law Enforcement.

Personal and family security continue to be a major issue, the absolute identity of everything will also include people (concerned about human rights, read on). The right to be anonymous has never existed in any society. Since the 1950’s governments have focused on identifying its citizens, the difference with UbiNET is it identifies everyone. It does this through the micro sensors embedded in everyones clothing which will be different each day (we can’t share how this works for obvious reasons) and our twin AI blockchain. Suffice to say the UbiNET creates a proactive security net over the areas in which it is deployed.

Usage – two items in common use are guns and bullets, although an advanced sensor would be required is would be possible to create zones where bullets would not fire from guns as UbiNET would instruct the bullet to fail. There are a number of complexities around this use case, however given the complexity of building bullets even self-loader ammunition can have sensors added to the ignition cap.

This last use case involves Generation 2 of sensors, which we have not even started designing yet however the concept is sound based upon the deployment of UbiNET.

The above use cases are just the start, we already have financial services and medical use cases not listed which will be in our white paper for our crowdfunding launch of ThingCoin see ThingCoin as a SAFT release schedule now in tranche 1.

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ThingCoin as a SAFT release schedule now in tranche 1.

UbiNET Inc. has decided to offer the ThingCoin as a SAFT (simple agreement for future tokens) Token as such we are expecting the early release of 10,000,000 tokens to be focused on gamification while 70,000,000 will be released according to the following schedule.

UbiNET release will consist of six tranches;

  1. 10,000,000 tokens to advisors and friends – in progress
  2. 25,000,000 tokens to crowdfunding (TBC)
  3. 5,000,000 tokens to partners and affiliates
  4. 35,000,000 tokens to crypto exchanges (TBC)
  5. 5,000,000 tokens to charities and organisations
  6. 20,000,000 held by UbiNET Inc.

The white paper to support the release on the ThingCoin onto crypto exchanges or crowdfunding (TBC) is in progress and will be available on this website.

What we really want to do is take people on the journey with us, everyone becoming identifiable should not be scary it should be liberating. The balance of Fear or Freedom comes in the intention and design of the technology system and who decides what is reasonable to share. The UbiNET data system is designed to protect the rights of people, their homes, their communities and to make everyone accountable for their actions whether they are in the system or not.

Carl Smith, Founder and CEO of UbiNET Inc.

UbiNET AI Blockchain

UbiNET Update

UbiNET Inc is an IoT 3 Smartliving Platform company that links organic and inorganic items on a planet wide unique identity system, it uses proprietary technologies including a twin AI blockchain and is operated in accordance with the secondary handshake Open Network Ecosystem Protocol ONEP.

The UbiNET platform has many use cases one is the removal of all counterfeit products through the full lifecycle management of everything from Creation to Recycling.

Open Network Ecosystem Protocol “covers the use of a secondary handshake through the central registration of all items. This registration is both distributed and localized and cannot be edited (existing in real-time) but can be added to, to establish the current; status, location and identification of any item. This is an extension of the current network paradigms on two fronts one to confirm identity of all network items and two to move this identification beyond technology based items into remote data about all items that are in the creation to recycling lifecycle” excerpt from patent.

The platform has a number of components;

  1. Operational definition described in the Open Network Ecosystem Protocol ONEP, which defines the lightweight data architecture used and its ability to absorb existing Closed IoT 1 and IoT 2 systems data (see descriptions here). ONEP also includes the operational characteristics for each network;
    1. Personal area network (PAN)
    2. Local area network (LAN)
    3. Metropolitan area network (MAN)
    4. Wide area network (WAN)
  2. Twin private Blockchain balanced and verified through AI, that monitors individual users daily mutating identity key for ‘is present’ and ‘is not present’ transactions.
  3. Embedded micro sensor technology that uses ambient power so that everything organic and inorganic can have a sensor.

In the last six years we have been able to take the concepts from the self building data architecture and transaction history of BitCoin in Blockchain and create our own Blockchain called Ubi.

Ubi is a next generation blockchain that firstly does not use existing codebases associated with blockchain. Ubi is based on Object Oriented Programming that ultimately lends itself to micro services and an API marketplace where companies will be able to engage with Ubi but not through its source code.

There are still a number of limiting factors which are dramatically impacting the ability of UbiNET to be launched;

  1. 5G was expected to have a near unlimited number of connections through the use of MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), unfortunately limits of one hundred billion have been discussed at the 5G Forum at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2017. This would dramatically limit the use of the system to just 100,000 participants.
  2. There are problems in scaling the blockchain, even by using virtualisation technologies like cloud computing and the light weight nature on ONEP latency could be an issue. due to the vast volumes of transactions and related data calls. Even in cloud computing there are servers and they need to be located somewhere to build a planet wide server system we have investigated on land, undersea and space based farms and don’t have a solution. The use of third party vendors has been ruled out do to access to the source code.

Given no immediate resolution to these impediments our rollout date for UbiNET of 2022 is being put back to 2030.

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As ThingCoin is directly related to the value proposition of UbiNET it also won’t be released until there is a clear value to investors.

UbiNET AI Blockchain

#UbiNET twin #AI #Blockchain with mutating #security #algorithm

UbiNET platform architecture is built on two key components;

  • a twin blockchain written in an AI codebase called UBI (originally based on Prolog with attributes of .NET) developed specifically for UbiNET
  • a mutating security algorithm derived from the unique platform functional architecture

By interlinking the security algorithm derived from every transaction only the next ordered AI Blockchain knows what the structure of an acceptable contract is.

is built on a that we own entirely . We have two that run the we own the too. We can any with

Phase 2 completed in 2016.

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