• http://www.kimbach.org Kim Bach

    Great report! Sad that I missed the conference. I’ve been a huge fan of Ben Hammersley since he addressed Reboot 8 wearing a kilt!

    Maybe we should stop accepting/using a label like “geek”, frankly I think we’ve ALL (humanity) won (qualified with “mostly”: all sorts of things – good and bad – came out of the woodwork ;-) with the tools of free speech the Internet has given us).

    Without the communications technology I would have written exactly zero words, besides technical documentation, now I have a blog with 700 posts, that I’m mostly quite proud of.

    Regarding Moore’s law, progress itself hasn’t been that swift, my first program was written in BASIC in 1977 and, so far, the last program I wrote was written in BASIC in 2011, for sure different dialects, the point is that our tools, and brains, are lagging behind.

    I’m pretty positive about politics and changing it for the Internet age. I’m not too impressed with our MPs, but the local-politicians, and especially the civil-servants, are quite easy to get to listen.

  • Astrid Maria Bigoni

    Thanks, Kim.

    I agree on the geek label. And I also agree with you that the Internet has, in broad terms, benefitted us all. But I also think that we have a lot to work on. The Internet is, in some ways, a reflection of human culture – and in that respect we have all the flaws and inequality that we have off-line.
    As you, I wouldn’t have produced as many words as I have now, had it not been for technology. However, I think that we should be cautious not to praise the Internet for more than it’s worth.