Saturday, February 20, 2010

Technology, Transparency, Transformation

Skipping the detailed history, over the past few years the TED Conferences (Technology, Entertainment, Design) have gained considerable momentum and now attract thousands of the sharpest and brightest minds on the planet. Geniuses deliver jaw dropping 5 to 20 minute talks before super educated stratospheric IQ'd audiences hungry for a taste of new and interesting ideas. If humanity were to be spread across a certain spectrum, this conference would be at one end and a tea party would be at the other.

Below are three short talks on 1) technology, 2) corruption, and 3) intelligent conservatism. While extinct in the USA, the latter does still exist in Europe.

In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives -- from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos.

Great quotes:
"The most important animal we have domesticated is ourselves."

"Technology is selfish. Technology is generous. That tension will be with us forever."

Peter Eigen has seen the distinction "Cloth" operate at the IMF / World Bank global scale, where obscene corruption funnels billions of dollars into projects that make no sense. One example: a horribly overpriced power plant in Kenya that ravages the environment to produce electricity where no electricity consumers exist. This list goes on. The man has a PhD in corruption including the prisoner's dilemma game theory dynamics of competing international corporations for lucrative political projects.

Some of the world's most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. At TEDxBerlin, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization Transparency International.

Reading the conservative AZ blogosphere would suggest that conservatives have no grasp of economics or sociology ("Don't giv me nuttin bout soshaleknomic status. That town got hi crime cuz the mayor's a demkrat!") let alone the notion of the economic externality or the material developing on behavioral economics. As demonstrated below, intelligent conservatism can exist, at least in Britain.

The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says we're entering a new era -- where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy.

Great quote: "How do we make things better without spending more money?"



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome videos. The one on technology is fascinating.

2/20/2010 6:01 PM  

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