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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Michael – “Iran, the cell phone revolution”

6a00d83451c45669e20115701fad26970c-500wiAs the world watches and listens to historic change in Iran, I wonder if the protesters really know how far their media has traveled. Their access to the internet  is blocked. Only a few foreign journalists have been allowed to stay and reporting is limited. The images of young people banded together for a common cause are quite compelling.

For some of the authors on this blog, this is the first massive movement of activism you have noticed with global impact.

Picture 3“You” emerged more than a few years ago as the hero for Time Magazine’s person of the year. (2006) Citizen journalism or “participatory journalism” is not necessarily new by technology timelines.

The dramatic footage sent by mostly young people from Iran tell a story deeper than civil protest. There is no violence in this movie file. Turn up the volume. Listen to the story. This is one long continuous shot from a mobile phone, traveling along the street during protest. It is about technology.  It is their primary link to the outside world for expression. These are authentic stories that have crossed all channels and platforms using all types of media.

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Samantha – Large Hadron Collider from the movie “Angels and Demons”

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A few days ago I went to the movie Angels and Demons and that movie shows a little bit of the function of the “large hadron collider”.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, intended to collide opposing particle beams.

The Large Hadron Collider was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics, including the existence of the hypothesized ‘Higgs boson.’ It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference, as much as 175 metres (570 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

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It is funded by and built in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.

Experimentally verifying the existence of the Higgs boson, the last unobserved particle, would shed light on how particles are thought to acquire their mass.

Expected results:
Once the supercollider is up and running, scientists estimate that a single Higgs boson may be produced every few hours.

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At this rate, it may take up to three years to collect enough data to discover the Higgs boson unambiguously.

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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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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.

Salvador – THE “WATER MOTOR”

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The New Scientist magazine says that USA and Israel scientists are investigating the revolutionary creation of Arturo Estevez, a Spanish inventor.

He crated about thirty years ago “the water motor”. He had many exhibits to show that his invention worked well. But people and scientists believed that it was not viable. The lobby (politicians) of petroleum stopped his development. After a period of great activity, he disappeared without a trace

He got two silver medals on international contests. One by a “purifying gaseous pollutants” and one for its “System for recovery of helicopters in the event of failure”. NASA was interested in the latter invention.

With two liters of water, and a kilogram of stones that were a catalyst.
It produced as much energy as nine liters of petroleum, and it was cheaper than petroleum.

from Veena – Technology and War

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Over the years as times have changed and technological advances have been made, the face of war has also changed. Before World War I, fighting was done with bayonets and muskets, which could only fire one bullet before being reloaded. Weapons like these made war very personal, because the two sides had to be within a close range to use them.

As technology has advanced, war has become extremely impersonal. We can now fire missiles into other countries hundreds of miles away. We can use airplanes to fly over and drop bombs on the enemy. The invention of guns that can shoot much farther and carry multiple bullets means that soldiers no longer have to look into the eyes of the people they kill. Instead of being out with the soldiers, generals can now sit safely miles away from the fighting and issue orders by phone. All of these technological advances, and more, take the personal feeling out of war because they make it so the people involved do not know who they are killing.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? It could be said that this impersonal feeling helps because it doesn’t let the soldiers’ morality get in the way… But isn’t our morality what makes us human? Technology has taken the human element out of war. This is a terrifying thought to me. With all the “weapons of mass destruction” we have that could easily take out half the world (or more), I think the last thing the world needs is a loss of morality. I guess what I’m getting at here is that technology can save the world, but it can also very easily and quickly destroy it.

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