Created as a podcast for the Dental Informatics Online Community [http://www.dentalinformatics.com/], this is snapshot of what is going on with social technologies and Web 2.0 in various healthcare
Created as a podcast for the Dental Informatics Online Community [http://www.dentalinformatics.com/], this is snapshot of what is going on with social technologies and Web 2.0 in various healthcare communities.
“ Everything just made perfect sense! I solved all the problems, all the equations, everything! I was damn near perfect. Now I had failed math in prep school! But suddenly it all made sense to me! I thought I was going to be a physicist. But then I … discovered that Physics didn’t warm my spirit, particularly. There was nobody to talk with about it, but I found a friend who was a Harvard graduate. And he was a marvelous human being!”
“ Interview with Charles Bigger.” Works & Conversations. <http://www.conversations.org/story.php?sid=2>
“ And that's precisely what we do when we consult Wikipedia. It isn't an authoritative source in the professor-in-the-booth sense. It's more lifeline number 3 -- hive mind, emergent intelligence, smart mobs , there is no shortage of colorful buzzwords to describe it. We've always had lifeline number 2. It's who you know. The friend or relative on the other end of the phone line. Or think of the whispered exchange between students in the college library reading room, or late-night study in the dorm. … With Wikipedia, this friend factor is multiplied by an order of millions -- the live studio audience of the web. This is the lifeline number 3, or network, model of knowledge.”
“ wikipedia, lifelines, and the packaging of authority.” if:book. <http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2006/01/wikipedia_lifelines_and_the_pa.html>
“ wondering .. How many online presences does one need? Must we twit, live second, even active lives, ning, digg, and facebook, as del.icio.us as it might be to be in myspace.com, on top of IM, email, phone, and cold beers with friends?” Larry Johnson
No matter how many laws are passed, it will prove quite impossible to legislate away the new surveillance tools and databases. They are here to stay. Light is going to shine into nearly every corner of our lives.
The real issue facing citizens of a new century will be how mature adults choose to live -- how they might compete, cooperate and thrive -- in such a world. A transparent society.
Will average citizens share, along with the mighty, the right to access these universal monitors? Will common folk have, and exercise, a sovereign power to watch the watchers?
Brin, David. “Introduction.” The Transparent Society:Will Technology Force us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? NY: Basic Books, 1998. http://www.davidbrin.com/tschp2.html
In spite of ample sources we may be left uncertain about the supposed evidence that certain drugs are risky, or that fluoride in the water harms, or that standards for environmental pollutants in water or air have been set too high (or too low or at the right level), that professional training of doctors or teachers are adequate or inadequate, that waste disposal by incineration or by landfill is safer.
Milton asked rhetorically "Who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?". Today the very prospect of a 'free and open encounter' is drowning in the supposedly transparent world of the new information order.
O’Neill, Onora. “Trust and Tranparency.” A Question of Trust. Reith Lectures, 2002 (BBC Radio 4). http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2002/lecture4.shtml