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Bringing Us Together Enabled by Technology

I just listened to Eric Whitacre conduct a choir where physically present voices were in the moment enhanced by 32 voices from 32 countries creating a cacophony of wonderful sounds that emotively, powerfully, illustrated how artists have inspired scientists to work with engineers to create something that really has the power to united us. http://www.ted.com/talks/ericwhitacrevirtualchoirlive.html Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together “virtual choirs,” singers from many countries spliced together on video. In the above link, for the first time ever, he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world Skype in to join an onstage choir (assembled from three local colleges) for an epic...

Our Copyright Laws are a Mess

Over the last several weeks I have addressed the importance of trust, payments systems and security and I must once again return to address the most fundamental challenge of the digital world – copyright. How often have you heard “Copyright is dead, it’s an outmoded concept destroyed by students all over the world who refuse to pay for any digital content, especially music.” The conclusion to this discussion usually goes “like drug laws copyright laws just turn students into criminals, and won’t stop downloading so they are irrelevant and should be abolished.” This expresses a widely held view but this attacks the fundamental and essential core of any successful knowledge economy. In the US in the 20s there was...

The Digital Economy: It's the Economy Stupid

Presentation to the Australian Computer Society Summary The Digital Economy is The Economy as everything we do is digitised and everything will soon be connected to everything else. Technology is vital to “Creating Better Ways of Working Learning and Living” but technology is not sufficient. The connected economy will not achieve its full potential without better ways of organising and managing people and things. Our Challenge Our challenge today is to realise that vision. In this election year we need to hear from our political leaders about how they will help us realise this vision for the connected economy. Such a vision requires more than technology it requires systems that build trust in data, applications and people, frictionless payment systems,...

The Digital Economy: It's the Economy Stupid

The Digital Economy is The Economy as everything we do is digitised and everything is becoming connected to everything else. Improved technology in the connected economy is vital to “Creating Better Ways of Working Learning and Living” but improved technology is not sufficient in achieving these goals, the connected economy will fail to achieve its full potential for humanity without better ways of organising and managing people and things. Technology has fascinated mankind and was core to the epic journey portrayed by Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick beginning with that memorable opening image of the primitive club in the hand of the humanoid in 2001: A Space Odyssey and sending a chill down our spines as Dave Bowman asked:...