The Fourth Transformation: Who, What, When and How?

First there were mainframe computers, then PCs. Then ten years ago, the iPhone marked the beginning of the smartphone era. Now, the Fourth Transformation is upon us. 

Defined by VR, AR and AI, this transformation is the topic of the latest book from Robert Scoble and Shel Israel; and of their fireside chat at last week's VRARA SF Winter event

Having applications and use cases in everything from shopping to healthcare and education, the Fourth Transformation will redefine our lives and work. 

As we discussed on stage, the Fourth Transformation will play out in three waves over the next decade: VR, MR (advanced AR), then the shift to ubiquitous smart glasses. 

We recommend the book, but to hear the breakdown directly from Scoble and Israel, our fireside chat is embedded below. The duo was as informative and entertaining as ever. 

Also stay tuned for more session video, such as our interview with Lenovo about its diversified VR/AR strategies. And more San Francisco events will be announced soon. 

Mike Boland

Michael Boland is Chief Analyst and VP of Content for BIA/Kelsey, covering online and mobile media. Mike is a frequent speaker at top industry conferences such as BIA/Kelsey events, Search Engine Strategies, ad:tech, and WHERE 2.0. He has authored in-depth reports on the changing local media landscape including online video, social networking and mobile. He contributes regularly to highly read online news sources such as Business Insider and the Huffington Post. A trusted source for reporters covering the interactive media space, his comments have appeared in major news and trade media, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes. Previously he was a San Francisco-based freelance writer for business and technology magazines, such as Red Herring, Business 2.0, and Mobile Magazine. Mike began his career in business analysis and journalism as a staff reporter for Forbes magazine, where he covered tech & media.