Rise of the Technology Class

These conversations are between students from Ecuador, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US who see technology serving a higher purpose: A counter-culture to their predecessors. This is evidence of a new type of generative class who apply technology to their creativity with art, music, science and involvement within the community. Their activity is transparent and active to our evolving civility. These multinational students are socially conscious storytellers. The Moderator of this conversation, Michael Davis is an Executive MBA graduate of Steinbeis University Germany, The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Archive for environment

Veena – Nature and Technology

It seems like the more advanced technology gets, the less we need to interact with nature.

In our fully-insulated homes we are immune to the extreme weather outside. It was nearly 90F (34C) degrees in Chicago today, but my room was nice and cool at 70F (21C) degrees. Instead of taking long walks or going for a run outside, we go to gyms and health clubs to work out on machines. These things are designed to make life easier… and they do, without a doubt. But it also means that we spend less time outside and less time exploring an environment with its own amazing technology that wasn’t created by humans.

On one hand I feel like we should all spend more time in nature and less time inside with our own technology (which I am extremely guilty of)… But on the other hand, I feel like… it’s the 21st century. Men have been to the moon and back many times now, we have cured diseases that once killed millions of people, and we have figured out a way to alter peoples’ appearances with surgery so that they are unrecognizable… After all these advances in technology, science, etc… Why hasn’t anyone come up with a good way to keep spiders from coming into my room?

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Nicole – Graffiti in Quito, Ecuador

IMG_0364.JPGGraffiti is considered as an art in some places around the world. however, here in Quito it is not, at least not so much as an art, but in a way of people of expressing themselves.

I’ve seen in my city, few walls that are amazing works of art. one of these walls were given to young people to do what they wanted to do.  the finale product was great and you can see almost their personalities through their way of painting. nevertheless there are thousands of walls in Quito that, personally I don’t consider an art, but a way of people of expressing about society. most of these walls are messages talking about politics. young people expressing what they think, what they hate. sometimes these messages can be rude, senseless, funny, etc.

I agree with the fact that people wants to express how they feel about their societies, but I really don’t like the tools some of them are using. all this unity, all this energy should be focused in an other way because it seems that they forget that its our city we are talking about, not a blank page.

Young people’s opinion is important, but our city image to tourists and the rest of the world is important too.

Quito is a beautiful city with intelligent people who want to express themselves and make a change around them. however they need to do it in the right way, with the right tools.

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Pamela – Exploding Whale

Back in the 1970’s a bizarre but yet fantastic event marked one of  Oregon’s beaches when a gigantic sperm whale corpse washed up in November. In order to get rid of the corpse, Oregon authorities decided to explode it with dynamite. But hey, wouldn’t be better to have buried the corpse instead of blowing it up??

But, as everyone knows, actions always have their consequences.

Cristo – Buried in co2 is possible?

Recently, the experts talk of alternatives to meet energy demand worldwide. Some of the names that are mentioned: nuclear, solar, wind, renewable.

And now, the new alternative is to capture and store carbon dioxide.

This technology requires trapping emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels in power plants and inject it into underground layers of the Earth. It is believed that CO2 emissions from China and India will double by 2030.

According to David King,  if we continue emitting carbon dioxide at current levels we are facing an enormous risk to the planet. Professor King has been an open supporter of nuclear power as a solution to reduce carbon emissions. But now says it is essential that the power plants around the world adopt the technology for storage of CO2. Particularly, he says, in large developing countries such as China, India or Brazil, which inevitably emit huge quantities of CO2 when consumed its huge coal reserves.

“This will be catastrophic, unless we can persuade these countries to catch CO2 emissions at its power plants and stored underground in porous rocks,” said King.

The British government announced it will study the technology being developed by a consortium of energy firms, including British Petroleum, BP.

According to BP, this technology can save the same amount of CO2 that they produce 250,000 cars a year.

Salvador – A World Change

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That´s like a Nikolas_The Flip-Side post comment. Of course. We (young people arround the world) should change the world. We have to eliminate the injustices that there are arround the world, eradicating poverty, ensuring that all we are equal, that people won´t be more rich than other person, no more powerful than other people, no difference between countries, that everyone study on the school. But we must change many things, how we live, think, change the policy, the economy (although that is giving us many problems in all countries of the world, and we continue supporting the economy, I don´t know why) We have to change everything, that not have wars and discrimination, racism or hunger in the world. If we do nothing, we´ll destroy the world. Technology, communication, Internet, media are essential to say to the people “We have to change the world”. It is also necessary to take care of the planet and animals, plants, everything in it, so we need to find a form of development that does not damage the environment, take care, there is a radical change, reinventing everything all the technology and research and create all that we have now but that doesn´t pollute.

Aruna – “eWaste”

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Veena – Technology in Chicago

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I feel that in Chicago, there are two attitudes among the general public towards technology. There are those who think that technology’s purpose is to make life for themselves easier, and those who believe that the purpose is to benefit the world as a whole. It seems that for every person I see driving a Smart Car, I see two or three in a gas-guzzling SUV. Although I often wish I had one of those 4-wheel drive monsters in January when I’m stuck in 2 feet of snow, I know that that technology is impractical for the daily life of a Chicago resident. I find it surprising how few hybrids you actually see on the streets, for all the talk there is about them, you would expect to see a lot more. While Chicago and the rest of the U.S. are still trying to wrap their heads around electricity, France has developed the technology to create the Air Car. Has anyone else heard about this? It runs on compressed air! If everyone in Chicago had one of those, no one would care that we have the highest gas prices in the nation!

Here is a short news report about the Air Car: