to Information and Beyond It
Information Society is a great achievement. Are we
going to step forward ?
By Adina Riposan,
Director, e&m Global Perspective
"You see things as they are and
ask, 'Why ?'
I dream things as they never were and ask, 'Why not ?'"
(George Bernard Shaw)
The emmerging communicational media enable the worldwide integration
of business, social systems and political systems as well. A remarkable
ease of information transmission through the entire thicket of digital
networks and channels leads to increasing transparency and connectivity,
as synergistic and holistic communication develops throughout the world.
Basically, access to timely Information has become vital and new dimensions
are currently given to the matter.
In fact, the driving force for all development has ever been the unequaled
power of human curiosity. Since ages we have met the challenge of reality
and sought to discover "What's beyond it ?". And most
often hunches have been the leading end.
We have built a miracle out of humanity, worldwidely connected by digital
media and artificial intelligence, a wireless culture is developing so
fast that it becomes critical to keep up with the novelties and follow
changes. It is more than obvious that the speed of development steps up,
the progress becomes 'exponential', so growing extensively and
learning by accumulation are already limited means for keeping us ahead.
By now-a-days convictions, we believe in rationality and "matter-of-fact".
People base their acts on facts & figures and build their lives according
to it. They seek to live in accordance with generally accepted patterns
and we even seem to be confident that an entire civilization and human
culture have evolved and expended in the spirit of "Black &
White". This might be rational, but facing impending challenges
we actually strive for renewal and trust our instincts when doing so.
This converts challenges into opportunities and opportunities into success.
If we talk figures, we have developed all this by using only 4% of our
brains. This is impressive, but actually in the light of what we didn't
use. Learning machines that learn how to learn are turning our lives
remarkably easier, yet this shouldn't make us forget we are still the
creators and we need to ensure we always hold the rein. Maybe there is
a sign we need new means for developing as living creatures and human
kind, so that we manage to keep up with the miracle we have ourselves
created, also remembering that a certain sort of "Enlightenment"
is required in every stage of human progress, and sooner or later people
become aware of it.
Maybe it's time for renewal, maybe it's time to start looking for pure
knowledge and qualitative information, to leave an open door to intuition
and finally get to "the second coming out of the cave".
Maybe it's time to move on, dig up and discover what nature set aside
for us, until the day we are prepared for it.