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 – 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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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 – Good news for the summer

Finally – an ice cream that will not melt under normal temperature is on sale from a Japanese company called “Food Research Institute of Seaweed.”

This kind of mysterious ice cream has been discovered by chance by the company in the investigation of soy products. The wonderful thing is that the ice which makes it ‘different’ is a very common ingredient of soy-waste, which the company used as an ingredient in the preparation of bread.

The staff discovered by chance that the ice cream blended with milk soybean residue is more difficult to dissolve compared to regular ice cream. According to the company, it solves the inconvenience as ice cream melts and avoids the waste of large amounts of soy, so that resources can be fully used.

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.

Aruna – “eWaste”

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Nicole – mobiles in Ecuador

Its interesting how people in Ecuador are always looking for the latest gadgets. For example,  i’ve heard from one of my teachers that people in Ecuador change their cellphones within a period of three months. is this normal in other places around the world?

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probably im the exception haha i just got a Blackberry as a birthday present. however i took a picture for you to know how often i change phones haha (im not joking!)

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Joshua – Tweet

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