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Newsletter 155: GPT-5 Breakthroughs, The 3 Layers of Ecosystem Thinking, Apple's Vision Pro on Sale, and the CES Tech Trends

Keep you up to date with Digital Business Trends and what's happening in TheNTWK Community with our Newsletter. Learn from others and share your experiences at TheNTWK, the hub of knowledge for digital business models.


The 3 Layers of Ecosystem Thinking


"In the digital era, the term ‘business ecosystem’ is more than a buzzword; it’s a pivotal concept for companies navigating the complexities of the modern economy. The interest in business ecosystems has surged, reaching a peak in early 2022, signaling a collective realization of their significance. This article delves into the three levels of ecosystem thinking, essential for companies looking to thrive through digital transformation.


In today’s fast-paced digital economy, the concept of a ‘business ecosystem’ is not merely a theoretical construct, but a practical reality that drives competitive advantage and innovation. A business ecosystem refers to a network of interconnected entities – companies, individuals, and technologies – that co-evolve and co-create value within a shared market or domain. This interdependency is a hallmark of modern business strategies, where collaboration, competition, and innovation intertwine. In a world where change is the only constant, understanding and leveraging these ecosystems is not just beneficial; it’s imperative."



 

Apple Vision Pro available in the U.S. on February 2


NTWKer Luca Lupattelli shared the exciting news in the community: "Apple Vision Pro will be available in US on Friday 2. Is this for real the beginning of the Spatial Computing era? What a start of the year. 😍"


"Vision Pro is a revolutionary spatial computer that transforms how people work, collaborate, connect, relive memories, and enjoy entertainment. Vision Pro seamlessly blends digital content with the physical world and unlocks powerful spatial experiences in visionOS, controlled by the most natural and intuitive inputs possible — a user’s eyes, hands, and voice. An all-new App Store provides users with access to more than 1 million compatible apps across iOS and iPadOS, as well as new experiences that take advantage of the unique capabilities of Vision Pro. Pre-orders for Apple Vision Pro begin Friday, January 19, at 5 a.m. PST."



 


Bill Gates Interviews Sam Altman: What Will be New in GPT-5?


Bill Gates recorded a podcast with Sam Altman. Here are some ideas: GPT-5 will appear very soon and the top 3 key breakthroughs of GPT-5 (making AGI closer) will be:


  • Multimodality (not only audio and images but also video);

  • Much more advanced reasoning ability;

  • Reliability (currently, GPT-4 can provide 10,000 different answers to the same question and does not know which one is the best, GPT-5 will be able to provide one - the best answer).




 

Green Fridays with Marta Agrech


Mart Agrech continues Green Friday's initiative launched last year:


"I will provide you with themes per month around the circular platform ecosystem


Circularity is not only about new up-and-coming startups but is key for incumbent companies to get a grip on this business opportunity. Therefore, this month, we will start with enablers. We will shed light on platforms that support existing companies in transitioning into circularity. 


I present you... FAUME, a platform that recently signed a contract with ba&sh (€115 million generated in 2023) to help them solve reverse logistics issues within one of the most complex industries - fashion. FAUME will be supporting ba&sh in reconditioning and rental services."



 

The CES Tech Trends to Watch in 2024


Ahead of this week's TheNTWKTalks, here's a little taste of the tech trends coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 🔥 

"GenZ consumers will dominate demand for tech products in 2024, as they’re already a quarter of the tech world’s consumer population.


That’s one of the trends observed by Jessica Boothe, director of research for the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that puts on CES 2024, and Brian Comiskey, director of thematic programs at the CTA, at the opening session of the big tech trade show in Las Vegas."


“CES is where the spark of innovation comes to life,” Comiskey said.



 

Supercharging the Climate Solution Potential of Circular Startups


Supercharging the climate potential of circular startups can have far-reaching and long-lasting positive economic and environmental impact. Each systemic intervention helps to stimulate demand signals, create self-reinforcing loops of positive action, and trigger the system-wide tipping points needed to transition the entire global economy – from startups to super-corporations in every sector – from linear to circular.









 

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