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Adelo Vant

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Is the cultural anthropological impact of technology and information changing?

Future: Information creates social change and technology application?
Legacy: Technology creates social change and information application!

Do government, academic, economic, and industry leaders understand an Information Society Environment (ISE) will impact technology spending, require information compliance by hardware, software and standards?

Will government, academic, economic, and industry leaders be changed or impacted by an ISE dynamics, social/cultural boundary and borders flexibility?

Will the ISE be as disruptive (more or less) to society/culture, governments, academics, economics, and industry as 1900...2000 digital and telecommunications information technology ... hardware and software?


Closing Statement from Adelo Vant

Presently valuable information is lumped together in an information pile by most, but not all folks. IOW: Human gnome information for most folks is like all outer information not very useful. In the future as metadata/structure is added to information far more people will discover and use available information for presently unknown and unique purposes.

Legal mandates by governments or societies will be a waste of time, like the present war on drugs, the past prohibitions on booze and sex, and the concerns on printable guns. I like a few others (are not nihilist) expect the future will be far better, because information discovery and use will be uncontrollable by any means, and information application controllable by all folks. Maybe government will eventually be pure DEMOCRACY, which should scare the heck out of the powers that be presently.

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    Apr 25 2013: My dad always says that 'information will be the next form of currency'. I don't truly get the statement yet, but I'm sure I will -- one day.

    I think the main eyebrow-raiser here is the open availability of information and how readily compact it can be. Portable to the extent that if a disk is stolen, thousands of people are at risk of being taken to the cleaners.

    Ahem: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7103566.stm
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      Apr 29 2013: Henry,

      I think your dad is right.

      Information availability, you mentioned, is a critical part of my question.

      You may be interested in something US, UK and others are doing with learning material online. USA education petition http://wh.gov/eEaI may be appropriate for US, EU ...?

      Now, back to Information availability and currency, Information as a material is always a commodity in every culture (IMO). Presently the information is put in publications (hard-copy and virtual) and audio-visual presentations (like music and movies) we buy. In the USA education (URLink above) learning materials are becoming a big part of that Information Society Environment (ISE).

      How can we make all information available to everyone globally? How can someone that speaks/reads only Spanish learn from a book that maybe is only in Russian, while they are on vacation in Japan, all while listening to some great fusion-jazz using bagpipes, sax, base and Taiko drums? Presently, there just ain't no dang way to affordable find/discover all those things and bring them together for one person, in one place, for one time.

      Science, technology, and folks still need to get more creative/innovative. Open and available ISO (like *.odt), W3C (like XML), OASIS (like QUOMOS) standards will help some. Also, http://www.gutenberg.org, www.edx.org, www.coursera, and many others people and things will make the information material affordable and available to everyone. Heck, even kids attending school in a small farm community in Vietnam and at the moon colony will have access to the same great teachers and information material ... plus the games, music and movies after completing homework. But, how do we make it easy and affordable for everyone is the currency and economy of the future (maybe).

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