I was recently in Finland and wrote the following:
I am in Helsinki, trying to forge new partnerships for awareNet and the Siyakhula Living Lab. I am always amazed anew at the propensity of the Finnish people for technology. The way the taxi driver switches on a TV display next to his steering whell and proceeds to change channels, all the while turning onto on-/off-ramps and dodging traffic, I have to think of the term "disruptive technologies". I am pretty much hoping that this technology will not prove to be disruptive to my stay.
In several ways I am reminded of the Eastern Cape: there the propensity of the people is no less in terms of love of technology. There too we are faced with serious ethical considerations when bringing in technology. Freedom of choice is an important aspect of that ethical consideration constellation.
August 31st 2009 12:05