The US Supreme Court seems to have made a decision on Internet file sharing and who will take control of it, which is worth billions of dollars. Do not you feel overwhelmed by the fact that a decision on the highest tech issues has been made by nine people who have no idea of ??the reality of the Internet or do not understand computers at all? They are not connected enough to understand how completely lost they are in a computer-controlled world. The very technology they are trying to develop has fundamentally changed the decision-making process.
Consider how major decisions can be made in the future. Today we have elected representatives who are tracing the path of the nation and trying to convince us to pay for it. If they decide that war is in the interest of the country, they do whatever is necessary, legally or not, ethically or morally or not, because we have to save money. In “Netocracy”, everyone will have the opportunity to decide to fight with someone, and if they do not, they will make a negative noise. If enough voters think that war is a bad idea, there is no war! What concept is people who decide if their home is involved in an international conflict. Also, if the majority of the country’s population wants to go to war but does not want to pay for it, you can still go to war.
Think of many laws supported by private interests for limited purposes and generally force others to accept the organization of otherwise popular activities. The war on drugs relies on funds backed by politicians who believe they serve the will of their constituents. As well as restrictions on private property, money, access to information, etc. The average citizen will not bear the expenses on this type of regulation unless it is directly affected, which certainly places him in the minority. Minorities are getting a law approved by scary politicians. If politicians can not control or at least influence their constituents, they lose power.
IT needs to advance before it’s all done. Most people think that computers are mainly used by large corporations, scientists and government agencies, who manage huge amounts of data and control micro-organizations. This is not the case
The end use of the computer will be an extension of the individual human mind. An electronic guide will always be useful to answer your questions and help you in your work. The average person does not have an urgent need for most information in the world. It is often too complex, too vague or so abstract that we can not keep it in mind because most of us do not have the time to analyze it. In a normal atmosphere, it is unusual to calculate the orbital velocity or precipitation patterns in South America or the tensile strength in the ponderosa pine wood. But we all experienced those moments when we really needed extraordinary information to help us in a project or just to satisfy our curiosity. Mainframes associated with other mainframes with extremely large storage devices will provide a repository of all knowledge accumulated around the world and will be reactivated at the request of our personal data station. We will be able to combine them with parts and other parts to solve any problem we are addressing at that time. Internet is the first step in the process.
I see three major breakthroughs to make before this dream comes true:
1. Sound recognition techniques. We must free ourselves from the keyboard.
2. Develop a thin flat screen. Something you can fold and stick in your pocket.
3. Monolithic (solid) mass storage. Mass storage devices, hard disks, floppy disks and magnetic disks are mechanical and are therefore very slow compared to the electronic speed of solid state devices. They are fragile and subject to corrosion, which reduces their harsh use unless they are specially designed and hardened, that is, heavy and bulky.
All This is Being R & D.
Energy sources need to be smaller, lighter and more durable, but I think this is more evolutionary than revolutionary. When that happens, anyone will be able to move with the accumulated knowledge of all the world’s libraries, universities and TV talk shows in their pocket, ready to provide any necessary information in an instant. If you think this will not fundamentally change the world, think about it: our education system should teach people how to find, link and manipulate information, and combine it with other information to come to a conclusion. With this kind of power in your hands, the current education system becomes too rigid. All you have to do is want to know something and know how to access it, the computer will do the rest.
Today, we rely on collectors to inform us of what is happening in the world. The infrastructure needed to support them is very expensive and only large and powerful organizations can afford the enormous cost of their influence.
Instead, photograph a world where you can talk with someone live on the stage of any event in the world, without an intermediary, journalist, or editor. Pop go radio and television networks, wire services, magazines and newspapers. Connect this technology to advanced virtual reality and you can go almost anywhere and see almost anything, wherever you are, at any time. While this will have no effect or atmosphere, we are quite used to theater, comedy, education and sports on television. We have travel lists, mentorship programs and a whole range of activities that we participate in at a distance where our grandparents can not participate unless they are there and have the money to pay.
The computer, whether we like it or not, has really changed the way we think, act, interact and solve our problems. There is no place for retirement. We could not survive without technology and let ignorance, so faithfully, be issued by politicians or fuqaha ‘to interpret laws on matters they do not know, would not be beautiful. Hope we will survive.