Key Enabling technologies or failure to see what is going on ?
We are in the middle of what is probably the largest transformation process of society in history.
The eliminating of geography, the instant access to all history, the ability to continous retransformation and reapplication of data and devices etc. represent massive changes in the ways we interact and society processes occur.
However - when you look at how DAE and europe analyse "Key enabling Technologies", there is nothing about this transformation.
The report may represent interesting technologies with lots of potential, but there is NOTHING about how these technologies interfere with peoples lives and society processes. Security is not mentioned at all and even basic understanding on how consumer/citizen choice affect progress is hardly mentioned and certainly not understood to any useful application.
Anyone with jsut a tiny bit of Innvoation history would know that the largest innovations are NOT about technology, but about the social trasnformation AFTER leaps in technology.
I will suggest that the largets transformation is not about "web 2.0" which I see as a commercial attempt to take ownership of people and society process but the RESPONSE to this and elimination of web 2.0 through re-empowering citizens.
The hysteric valuation of Facebook is not a measure of value creation, but yet another boble bursting.
The problem is the same as what have created the many crises in the last two decades - the abuse and push of technology to PREVENT value creation through focus on controlling and managing people instead of enabling processes.
E.g. The entire focus on "behavioural profilling" is a symtom of failure - of abuse of technology instead of use of technology for the better. It is the "Atomic bomb" of our age.
History may see Communism and Facism (two sides of the same mistake) as the failure of the 20s century, but what is likely to be called Neo-feudalism as the failure of the 21st century.
What will follow is a Renesance focussing on how the hardlearned principles of markets and democracy can be combined with benefits of digital support WITHOUT undermining values and principles.
The only question is if Europe will learn this in time to save the industry and society - or we have to go through yet another implosion because we couldn't restraint ourselves in time.
EU may be the instrument of either.