Today, I am honored to present my good friend Don Tapscott. Don and I have been collaborating for 12 years, and it’s always a pleasure catching up with him. Don is a truly original thinker and innovative thought leader. His rare ability to continually generate fresh ideas and relevant insight is genuinely amazing.

As most of you know, Don is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society, having authored 16 widely read books. He has coined many concepts that are part of the business lexicon today and is sought by corporate and government leaders globally. Don is currently Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, recently a two-term Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario and Member of The Order of Canada.

 

In our conversation, I asked him about `trivergence,’ a new word he’s invented to denote the incredible shift in our use and application of the interrelated digital technologies of the 21st century. As Don explains it, trivergence describes the combination of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technologies. Trivergence is fundamentally transforming society and ushering in a second era of the digital age.

 

The original Internet was designed as a network of information. “If I send you an email as I do, or a PDF or whatever, I'm actually not sending you the information. I'm sending you a copy, right? I keep the original even with a website. I retain the original and that works fine for information,” Don explains.

 

That’s okay as long as your only concern is information. But what happens when you need to transfer assets with tangible value, such as money, securities, deeds, contracts, construction diagrams, intellectual property or original works of art? That critical question is driving the evolution of a new kind of Internet.

 

The Internet of the second digital era will be different from the original Internet – it will be an Internet of value. Don envisions this new Internet serving as a “vast global distributed ledger, where anything of value -- from money to securities to a vote -- can be managed or transacted in a secure and private way.”

 

From Don’s perspective, trivergence represents “the biggest innovation in computer science in a generation. And it took a while, but now it's coming into the enterprise. This is the operating system for the 21st century enterprise … these three technologies (AI, IoT and blockchain) will drive business disruption and technology innovation for the next half century.”

 

If you want to learn more about trivergence and its potentially enormous global impact, I urge you to check out the Blockchain Research Institute. You will find it fascinating and useful.

 

Today, I am honored to present my good friend Don Tapscott. Don and I have been collaborating for 12 years, and it’s always a pleasure catching up with him. Don is a truly original thinker and innovative thought leader. His rare ability to continually generate fresh ideas and relevant insight is genuinely amazing.

 

As most of you know, Don is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society, having authored 16 widely read books. He has coined many concepts that are part of the business lexicon today and is sought by corporate and government leaders globally. Don is currently Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, recently a two-term Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario and Member of The Order of Canada.

 

In our conversation, I asked him about `trivergence,’ a new word he’s invented to denote the incredible shift in our use and application of the interrelated digital technologies of the 21st century. As Don explains it, trivergence describes the combination of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technologies. Trivergence is fundamentally transforming society and ushering in a second era of the digital age.