Technology is so cool sometimes but …

‘THAT Won’t Happen!’

In 1977, Ken Olsen, founder and CEO of DEC, made an oft-misapplied statement, “there is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home”.  A favourite of introductory college computing modules – supposedly highlighting the difficulty in keeping pace with rapid change in computing technology, it appears foolish at a time when personal computers were already under development – including in his own laboratories.  The quote is out of context, of course, and applies to Olsen’s scepticism regarding fully-automated assistive home technology systems (climate control, security, cooking food, etc.).  However, as precisely these technologies gain traction, there may be little doubt that, if he stands unfairly accused of being wrong in one respect, time will inevitably prove him so in another.

So, in short:

  • Yes, he did say that
  • No, that wasn’t quite what he meant
  • He wasn’t (obviously) wrong at the time
  • He is now/will be soon

So what?

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Dude, you broke the Future!

A superb keynote from Charles Stross, opening this year’s ‘Chaos Communication Congress’.

Yet more hidden dangers in emerging technology in the hands of technocapitalism!

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The Spirit of Christmas? Not if You’re Homeless or Disabled!

Not so jolly, this year’s Christmas post; but times are hard and people are suffering …

Not that much of a technological link either except that we’ve talked about ‘assistive technology’ before – particularly for the elderly and physically or mentally challenged.  And these are the groups often most at risk here …

So here’s two good causes, which can be supported in different ways: with time, money, or just by turning up and showing that you care …

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