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.

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Veena – business, technology, disease

It seems like most of the time business plays a major role in technology–almost a greater role than technology itself does. Even if we have the technology to create something, if the business community is again it, it will not be created. An example of this is several years ago when electric cars were first introduced in the U.S. Gas companies did not want people to buy the electric cars because it would be bad for their business, so they lobbied and spent money to keep the electric cars from becoming a big thing. Electric cars went out of production here for a very long time because the businesses were against them.

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Another way that business controls technology is in the area of medicine. It is very possible that if it was not for insurance companies and hospitals trying to make money, we could find cures for some of the diseases that are most prevalent right now. However, doctors know that the real money is not in research, but in practice of medicine, and hospitals and insurance companies want people to buy vaccine after vaccine each year for things like the flu or meningitis, instead of finding one cure. I’m pretty sure that a cure hasn’t been discovered for anything since polio. polio vial

Surely we have the technology to cure other diseases, but if the business world is against it, technology doesn’t really have a chance.

Kaito – breaking sterotypes…being the artist

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Some of my friends in the US do not know how much the center of culture can start in Tokyo. Imagine please New York, Paris, London, Berlin and San Paulo all of them in to one city. That is Tokyo. Japan is an island. It is difficult for Western people to make the trip. Culture in form of art and music begin here and develops. Invents itself. Yes, we are also the influence of the eastern and western world culture. The force of artistic culture is so powerful here that it is feeling more than the technology advances of our culture. Please see the following link for a new movement to share artistic talent through expression and content. Thank you very much.

WHAT’S CoFesta:

JAPAN INTERNATIONAL CONTENTS FESTIVAL (Called “CoFesta”) is the world’s largest comprehensive “contents” festival. The events connected with the contents industry like games, animation, manga , characters, broadcast, music and film are held in cooperation with each other.

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While various contents from Japan influence and improve each other and cooperate in media technology industry to inform of our statement, CoFesta aims to be the world’s largest contents festival which create new capability and spread it abroad widely.

http://www.cofesta.jp/2009/en/index.html

Samantha – Videogames vs. Music

A few days ago i read an article about the industry of videogames and music. Its true that the people actually is looking for a new type of fun to spend on his free times. But what really caught my attention was the fact of the rising of the sales of video-games and the decrease of the record sales. This is happening because, according to the article, people looks for a story, for imagination to live with, could be able to participate on that stories, above a record with a few good songs. I don’t know if that happens to me but im sure that at least one of us has been dreaming with a new game of Xbox 360 or PS3 instead of the new album of Rhianna. Take your choice…

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.

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:

Michael – Santiago Papasquiaro meets Cicero

Many of the authors on rise of the technology class are part of Youth Technology Corp. An organization that helps students connect around the world.  Although YTC focuses on technology, what they do for young people and communities serves a higher purpose.

“Most after-school programs ‘teach’ a fixed content, and repeat each semester. They are not set up to allow each individual student to develop their own skills and perspective over time. YTC creates an environment where the curiosity and ambition of each teen is given a chance to come out and be supported and encouraged. They start out doing something fun and physical with ‘cool’ and relevant technology that provides quick and meaningful rewards and a sense of personal mastery.” -YTC Founder Dave Finkel

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Joshua – Tweet

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