Convenience--Personal Productivity Enabler, or Not?

Convenience: Personal Productivity Enabler, or Not?

Back when smartphones first came out, some (including Francis) asked the question: is a smartphone superior to a knapsack full of gadgets? For example, was a sack with a camera, pda, phone a functional equivalent?  If so, did it offer more than convenience? Was there a real improvement in productivity?

Since then, the question has been answered by apps which rely and interact with multiple other apps, but the question is still valid. Just because a technology allows something to be done more easily or conveniently, may not mean that it allows for a bona fide improvement in personal productivity. What does a material productivity improvement look like? How can it be measured?

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In this Cast | Convenience: Personal Productivity Enabler, or Not?

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Art Gelwicks

Francis Wade

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