WE HAVE SEEN NOTHING YET

Hermann Maurer

Abstract

I will first present some unusual arguments that will show that we are not in for small changes in the near future, but for massive restructuring of how we live, think and learn. I will then explain in what way the strong convergence of cell phones and PCs is likely to develop. I will show clips of prototypes of new devices that overcome the small screen-size of cell phones and their small keyboards. I will then explain how dramatically this will change society and education: we will have with us a permanent powerful assistant. This brings both great benefits and great dangers. I will also address the issue whether large amounts of information help us or rather brainwash us and influence our decision making in a negative way. I will show at least one example that will surprise the audience. I will then argue that no matter how much one is using modern information technology oneself, one does not react the same way when compared to "digital natives", i.e. people (like our students in university) that have grown up in such new environments. I will report on two surprising recent experiments that seem to prove this point conclusively. Finally, I will show that the statement we always hear that the value of technology is ambivalent (like "a hammer can be used to drive in a nail or to kill a person by hitting the head") is not even close to the truth. Rather, some technologies are inherently good, others inherently bad, and many in between. I will present a number of examples to verify this provocative idea and show how computers and networks are classified if one looks at them that way.

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in Harvard Style

Maurer H. (2011). WE HAVE SEEN NOTHING YET . In Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD, ISBN 978-989-8425-68-3, pages 9-9. DOI: 10.5220/0004460600090009


in Bibtex Style

@conference{bmsd11,
author={Hermann Maurer},
title={WE HAVE SEEN NOTHING YET},
booktitle={Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD,},
year={2011},
pages={9-9},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004460600090009},
isbn={978-989-8425-68-3},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD,
TI - WE HAVE SEEN NOTHING YET
SN - 978-989-8425-68-3
AU - Maurer H.
PY - 2011
SP - 9
EP - 9
DO - 10.5220/0004460600090009