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Steve Whittaker

Head of Strategic USAcademic Research Partnerships MIT Visiting Scientist

British Telecommunications plc

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British Telecommunications plc

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London, Greater London, EC1A 7AJ

United Kingdom

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BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in more than 160 countries. Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value br...more

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Near as I can tell, Steve Whittaker gets to spend his days as some kind of 21st century British reincarnation of the French philosopher Alexis de Toqueville - running around the former colonies, chatting up technology with the heathen Americans.Whittaker is a senior consultant for British Telecom, working out of BT's new wireless technology "disruptive lab," which will find a home in 5,000 square feet of space in the MIT Media Lab's new building under construction in Cambridge.Whittaker says that BT Exact Technologies' mission could be compared with that of 18th century traders in terms of dealing with the unknown."You send your ships to the far reaches of the world," he said."But you are not really sure what will come back in them, and you are not sure whether some of them will go up on the rocks."Actually, Whittaker could not even be termed Mr. Disruption at BT - that title belongs to one Graham Cosier, who wrote seven papers (five of them with Pat Hughes) published in BT Technology Journal's fall issue.You are in the middle of a fabulous brainstorm on networking the office coffee pot to a low-earth orbiting satellite, when in pop Cosier, Hughes, and Whittaker.Whittaker and Cosier have drawn up a list of stuff going on at the institute that they have gleaned from wandering the halls.If everything in the labs comes to pass for the layman, than we might be able to print tiny sensors and networking units directly onto packaging that would allow every consumer item to carry an embedded life history."Some of the really disruptive implications will come from the fact that suddenly each physical (artifact) is a bridge between the physical and virtual worlds - the world of bits and the world of atoms," Whittaker and Cosier note in the BT Journal."Every item now comes with its own bundle of information - a history, instructions, advice, etc."MIT is researching ways that people might carry personalized routers to synchronize the "smart" devices they are carrying with the external network that they happen to be passing through at that moment.Where this is all going is that consumers (and business enterprises) are gaining power at the expense of service providers such as British Telecom.Never mind that Whittaker has been given a near-impossible job - consumer psychology has been proved time and time again to defy predictions.In 1835, de Toqueville wrote that Americans "consider society as a body in a state of improvement, humanity as a changing scene, in which nothing is … permanent, and they admit that what appears to them today to be good may be superceded by something better tomorrow."At the very least, Whittaker can say he stopped for a cup of tea in the right place.


http://www.eclipse.bt.com/c_sw.htm

Steve WhittakerC2G North AmericaSteve WhittakerSteve Whittaker - C2G North Americaemail :steve.whittaker@bt.comTel :luminaries article about Steve on bt.comPen PictureBased just outside Washington DC, Steve co-ordinates C2G activities in North America.This involves working with US based multinationals to understand the opportunities and threats of key trends such as emerging technologies and social change.He is responsible for helping to make BT's global investment in innovation available to our US clients and similarly for exposing our long standing investment in US academic institutions and venture businesses to our global clients.With a background in the development of advanced spoken dialogue technologies such as speech recognition, Steve has spent the last few years as BT Adastral Park's Business Sector Manager for Global Banking.This has enabled him to take a broad perspective in working with a number of major international financial companies.


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http://www.btbigthinkers.bt.com/en/universitypartnerships.aspx

"There was very good modeling of capital costs, but not operational costs," recalls Steve Whittaker, BT's Head of Strategic US University Research Partnerships and MIT Visiting Scientist.
"The relationships we have with universities like MIT and UC Berkeley aren't based on traditional 'blue sky' models of research," says Whittaker.


http://www.btbigthinkers.bt.com/en/openinnovation.aspx

To sum up an open innovation scenario, Steve Whittaker, BT's Head of Strategic US University Research Partnerships and MIT Visiting Scientist, explains, "We bring together technologists, economists and business strategists from across industry and academia to take a 360 degree view of the issues and opportunities.


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