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Singer ppub 796 ict portfolio -part 2.3—technology failures -140814

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The conversation about ICT technology failures too often focus' on commercial consumer products and services. What's often ignored is the opportunity cost. Public policy must provide focus and direction for technology to solve complex interwoven tapestry of problems critical to the survival of our species.

For a sustainable future, we need public leadership to overcome the resistance of short sighted private powerful special interests.

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Singer ppub 796 ict portfolio -part 2.3—technology failures -140814

  1. 1. ITC Portfolio Part 2.3—  Techology Failures PPUB 796 Internet and Public Policy:  Technology or Tyranny?  Rick Singer GMU Volegenau School of Engineering rsinger@gmu.edu
  2. 2. “Successful” Technology Failures Many so called technology “success’” stories are frivolous  consumer-marketing driven innovations. Should the most  creative minds of our generation waste their gifts inventing  ice cream that changes color when you lick it?   The global push for STEM education is urgently needed to  develop scientific and technological innovation leading to  solutions to urgent priorities.  Energy,  Healthcase,   Agriculture.
  3. 3. Trival Tech Innovation: Opportunity Costs Case in point:  Necomimi brainwave-sensing cat ears.  Then think relaxing thoughts, ad the ears will droop and the  ears perk up when you focus your attention. Ostensibly this  high tech tool will help for those with attention deficit  disorder.  For those with severe ADHD they are also  available as devil’s horns.
  4. 4. Lost Opportunity Cost Behind the “Success” Stories of Trivial Tech  Case in point:  Necomimi brainwave-sensing cat ears.  Then think relaxing thoughts, ad the ears will droop and the  ears perk up when you focus your attention. Ostensibly this  high tech tool will help for those with attention deficit  disorder.  For those with severe ADHD they are also  available as devil’s horns.
  5. 5. Consumer Culture Encourages Trivial Developments The opportunity for tech break through and innovation are  lost forever when the best engineering minds of a  generation squander their gifts designing commercial  products for wealthy consumers.  Wastes This Generation’s Brightest Engineering Minds
  6. 6. Products Falses Promises Compounds The “FAIL” . • Quick and easy profit motive misdirects technical innovation
  7. 7. Products Falses Promises Compounds The “FAIL” • Quick and easy profit motive misdirects technical innovation • Focus on wealthy consumers puts everyone’s future at risk.
  8. 8. Products Falses Promises Compounds The “FAIL” What can we do? • Quick and easy profit motive misdirects technical innovation • Focus on wealthy consumers puts everyone’s future at risk.
  9. 9. • Become Politically Active • Empower yourself and others • Email your representatives in congress • Support public ITC investment Time is critical. Act Now! Technical solutions will not naturally evolve from commercial enterprising pandering to our consumer culture
  10. 10. • Consumer culture driven free enterprise won’t support ICT innovation needed to ensure the survival of our species
  11. 11. What can any one of us do?
  12. 12. Empower Yourself and Others What can any one of us do?
  13. 13. Become Politically Active What can any one of us do?
  14. 14. Support public Investment In ITC Solutions For Sustainability What can any one of us do?
  15. 15. Email Your Congressional Representatives What can any one of us do?
  16. 16. The Clock Is Ticking….. …Act Now! What can any one of us do?
  17. 17. For more information, please email rick@singer.net PPUB 796 Internet and Public Policy: Technology or Tyranny? Rick Singer GMU Volegenau School of Engineering rsinger@gmu.edu

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