Writing my blog, I never want to consider this a task. It’s more a passion – the fact is that it’s a process, a research job… requiring discipline with deadlines. This month’s blog is devoted to issues relating to democratic capitalism, art, technology and innovation. Again your comments are welcome.
Evgeny Morozov, TED fellow and journalist, writing for The Guardian in early April said “wars in the Middle East, refugees, increasingly regular terrorist attacks… are all symptomatic of a crisis in democratic capitalism. Changing a capitalist economic system (implicit rule by the few) to a democratic political system (the explicit rule by the many) is problematic. The system’s objectives are to promote equality, justice and fairness.
Morozov tells us that as democracy comes under threat from inequality and terrorism, Google and Facebook have taken over. Morozov claims that the financial industry has been buying time but the fourth industrial revolution – big data automation is just around the corner. I don’t want to believe that Google and Facebook could take over essential services although agreed, the ability to implement change on a large scale is increasingly limited to technology giants, e.g., IBM and the Qld Health’s botched Payroll system.
Remember our last election with Shorten and Turnbull – it was a 24/7 media circus, boring the viewers over on eight week long period. “Technology firms are becoming the default backgrounds in which our politics is conducted” says Morozov. I’d say ‘yes that’s true of Australia.’ And, writes Morozov techno firms are “impossible to undo. As democracy comes under threat from inequality and terrorism, Google and Facebook have taken over.”
Source: The Guardian Weekly 1.04.2016 p.18 http://www.evgenymorozov.com/
WALKING ON WATER
This glorious installation was conceived by artist Christo with his late wife Jeanne-Claude. It was nearly 2 miles long and connected two islands . Built in Italy’s Lake Iseo the installation used 200,000 high density polyethylene cubes …pictured are people just enjoying a stroll on the fabric walkway.
Interesting to note that both Evgeny Morozov (above) and Christo, were born in Bulgaria. Christo’s wife was born in Casablanca of a French military family, sadly she died in New York in 2009.
See more http://christojeanneclaude.net/
AUSTRALIAN START UPS
“Optus Chairman Paul O’Sullivan has warned that many of the new start-ups are not paying enough attention to building new businesses that serve a broader social good. Despite the mushrooming of incubators and the influx of capital.” (Akhikari, The Australian July, 2016). Mr O’Sullivan further says “We read so much about the unicorns, your Ubers and Airbnb but we think that’s all there is.” Optus has launched a Future Makers program designed to foster digital innovation and provide a helping hand to entrepreneurs with ideas that have the ability to change the social landscape.