The newly named director of the prestigious Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Joichi Ito, 44, summarises his thoughts on Apple in three words – “Apple will die”. The Japanese entrepreneur, investor and activist of the web is also a ferocious apologist of open source, freeware and web neutrality.
Speaking at a conference in Madrid, Ito considers that Apple has established a reign based on a closed network and noted that, on the other hand, the open source Android built by Google, is gaining its foothold. Ito believes that the reason why Apple has gain its privileged position in recent years is due to Jobs attacking Microsoft at its weakest in recent years.
The chairman of the board of directors of Creative Commons and member of the Mozilla Foundation is a leading thinker and analyst of the role of the Internet as an engine of transformation of society.
Ito believes in the possibilities that can be garnered from collaborative use of information, and insisted in the dangers of large internet businesses, like Google and Facebook, when they grow a lot in size, “Monopoly is the vehicle of the lack of innovation”.
The Japanese entrepreneur has discussed some of the research being developed at MIT and told of how research in emotion recognition systems designed for use with autistic children recently found applications in worlds like advertising.
Lauding the possibilities that technology contribute to participatory democracy, Ito declared that “We are still at a very early stage of the digital revolution.”
“[Open source] will always end up winning.”
Source: elpais.com Translated with human and computerised translation. May not be absolutely accurate.
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