The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “technology

The Secret Nook – Chapter 10 (Technology)

Posted on October 8, 2018

She watched in amazement as Mr. Koay, with what looked like a cream-coloured woman’s swim cap on his head, stared intently at the two digital monitors in front of him.  “It’s called an ‘electroencephalogram’ or ‘EEG’ cap,” he said over his shoulder. The two screens in front of them performed separate but related functions.  The one on the right displayed a variety of colour swatches, brushes, erasers, a digital pallet, and even charcoal crayons – which for Koay would be essential, she realized. The second screen, to the left, was like a canvas, which could be changed at any time to represent rice paper, cloth canvas, parchment, oil skin, even wood complete with grains. “So, Meadow Hartley, what shall we paint?” “We?”she said with…

Can Technology Save Us?

Posted on May 14, 2015

SO MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN ON THIS SUBJECT for 30 years that it’s become something of a preoccupation for many. But let’s just answer the question directly: no, technology can’t save the world – at least not alone. But there is potential, lots of it. Everything is in the process of being “connected” to everything else, people too. Almost 90% of the data in the world today has been created only in the past two years. In only five more years, 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. The advances in DNA mapping and bioinformatics will turn humans into living data fields to be researched, monitored, and perhaps made healthier. Data in general will grow ten-fold in the next five years, to…

Enough Already

Posted on February 12, 2014

‘GREAT THINGS ARE NOT ACCOMPLISHED BY THOSE who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”  So said American poet Jack Kerouac.  I wonder what he’d think of the latest trend of taking selfies in front of homeless people.  Never mind; we already know.  He’d be disgusted.  Fortunately, he would also be angered, and in such a state would want to do something about it.  In Europe, America and now Canada, it’s become the big thing – find someone down and out, living on the streets, take a selfie of yourself in front of the person on your cellphone, and then broadcast it out to all your friends.  I know, it’s stupid and insensitive.  But more than that, it speaks to just what we…

Preparing For Survival

Posted on October 15, 2013

It wasn’t all that long ago that even Friedrich Engels spoke of how wealth could lift the economic burden from millions: Anarchy in social production is replaced by systematic, definite organization.  The struggle for individual existence disappears.  Then for the first time man, in a certain sense, is finally marked off from the rest of the animal kingdom, and emerges from mere animal conditions of existence into really human ones … It is the ascent of man from the kingdom of necessity to the kingdom of freedom.”  What can we say to all this now?  In a generation we have gone from thinking that wealth would increase in dramatic terms and that jobs would be available for everybody.  The first part has become the…

This Business of Citizenship

Posted on December 12, 2011

In a recent Harvard Business Review, one of the bibles of American entrepreneurship, Rosabeth Kanter mulled about taking business to a different level.  “Companies that are breaking the mould are moving beyond corporate social responsibility to social innovation. These companies are the vanguard of the new paradigm. They view community needs as opportunities to develop ideas and demonstrate business technologies, to find and serve new markets, and to solve longstanding business problems.” That’s quite a statement. While numerous corporations continue to promote their corporate social responsibilities (CSR), Kanter is talking about a new breed of entrepreneur branching out into an entirely new dimension. Talk to Shawn Adamsson for just two minutes and you’ll catch the picture pretty quickly. He and his firm, rtraction, have…