Sunday, January 25, 2009

Did You Know?

Fantastic video on the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Bronman, remixed.

8 comments:

Penny said...

This video should be seen by every parent, teacher, counselor, and student. Thank you to Russ Sabella, technology guru extraordinaire, and to Bob Tyra, counseling consultant king, for bringing it to us. It will soon be on the way to my daughter at Stanford and my son at MIT. Thank you so much, Penny Black, School Counselor Los Angeles

Anonymous said...

wow penny dont name drop too much there hahaha

Anonymous said...

The implication with the US-China-India comparisons is obvious, yet superficial.

1. The importance of China becoming the "#1 English speaking" country is dubious. It is clearly not the country driving output in English, on the one hand, and on the other its adoption of English will help solidify the English as the base of international communication. (A base upon which melded communication will be built over time.)

2. The "translation" that India has more honors kids than America has kids is highly suspect. India has a great many talented people, but this 'fact' ignores differences in levels of educational quality and the educational, government and private sector systems necessary to utilize them. One could make the same argument with regard to the number of American children versus the number of Japanese children given that America's population dwarfs that of Japan, yet no one would draw the conclusion that Japan is thus unable to compete with intelligence pool in the United States.

3. The birth statistics should be viewed in the same context as death statistics, but pointing out that several times more people died in China and India than in the U.S. during this presentation wouldn't have looked so good in the context of the theme the video is trying to push.

I appreciate the urgency the authors feel, and agree that the U.S. needs to step up at a time when everyone else is, but the hyperbole and the coyness of implying things as a sort of passive-aggressive scare tactic is the sort of thing you'd expect to see on the front page of the Drudge Report, not in a purportedly scholarly work.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster above. Interesting, but xenophobic.

Anonymous said...

So what does it all mean? That we're all still going to die.

Anonymous said...

What will the impact be on our happiness? Will more information make us happier? It could but not in and of itself. It is all about the "how" which is really about the now. Presence, emotional intelligence, practice, and ethical conduct will be more important than ever. It'll be easy to get lost in such a shifting maze of information. If you haven't started yet, you need to start soon. BREATHE and pay attention!!

Anonymous said...

Technology vs. emotional stability and social function. Why are more and more people texting/emailing instead of having a real live conversation? Do you know how many people have Masters and Ph.D.yet absolutely no social manners and considered socially inept? It's good to have a balance of academic and worldly intelligence as well as love and compassion. Yes, stop and BREATHE!

Anonymous said...

Re: The comment concerning "[what will the impact be on our happiness]"~ check out the book entitled HAPPIER. It is used for the #1 course at Harvard for the past several years (taught by the author). It discusses (and helps one discover) the implications of being happy once you 'have it all' or achieve as much success as you ever thought you might-- then what? Great book that will change the way you think about your personal happiness.... amidst the exponential changes we are seeing in our lives and will continue to experience.