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Canada: Larry King Asks Where Digital Age Is Going
Source: itworldcanada.com
Source Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Country: Canada
Created: Oct 29, 2012

Vivek Ranadivé vividly remembers the first moon landing in 1969. It inspired him to pursue a technology career that today has made him founder and chairman of Tibco Software Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based infrastructure software company.

Today, he told a panel discussion at the World Congress on Information Technology here, one smartphone has more computing power than the entire U.S. space program had when it put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.

What can be done with that power? As moderator of the panel discussion titled The Digital Era and the Impact on Our Society, television host Larry King put that question to panelists when he asked them “where is this going?”

One panelist, Nathan Muema Masyuko, said that was the wrong question. The right question is “where do you want to take it,” said the Kenya-based developer of an ecology game called Haki: Shield and Defend. “It’s up to you.”

Masyuko, one of the winners of the World Summit Youth Awards, said “it’s up to us to decide where do you want to take technology, and to take it there.”

“For me technology is a tool,” agreed Intel Corp. futurist Brian David Johnson. “We have to ask ourselves, again, what do we want to do with it?”

For some panelists, the answer to that question comes down to entertainment. “I want to put the Kardashians in your pocket,” said Kevin Crull, president of Canadian broadcasting company Bell Media.(That would be socialite sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, for those not so immersed in celebrity culture.) Carlos Slim Domit, chairman of Mexican telco Telmex, said he wants to “give our customers the capability to access anything they want.”

(By Grant Buckler)
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