Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cell phones save poverty?

The gap between rich and poor always exists in this world. However, in the near future, the gap might get bigger due to the advancement of the Internet. Richer people who can access to the network will gain more information and poorer people who cannot access to the network will fall apart.

When I was talking about this issue today, a guy told me very interesting opinion. He said that cell phones will solve this problem. People will be able to connect to the network via cell phones, and cell phones are much cheaper than computers. Therefore, most of people in the world will be connected to the network soon.

I am kind of impressed by this opinion. Because the cell phone technology to connect to the Internet has been most developed in Japan. Nowadays younger Japanese people do not use computer but only cell phones.

Japan should be aware of the possibility that their bigger chance on the network business exists in developing poor countries but not in the States or other advanced countries.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Picture of the day.

I should not remember any language.

It makes me return to your bloody heart.

The difference

10 years ago, when there was no company called google, what did you do to study a particular subject? You would probably go to a library to look for information.

Just 10 yeas later, what do you actually do to study the particular subject now? Most of contemporary people will google the subject first.

Please think about this difference. If you have to go to the library, you need at least a couple of hours or even a half day to achieve your search. But with the google, it takes a couple of seconds.

This is an informational revolution. People who know how to deal with the network, get enormous power called knowledge. The network gives you the closest shortcut to acquire essential knowledge or power.

In the near future, maybe in another 10 years, poverty will mean not knowing how to take out essential information from the Internet.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lack of imagination

I think this clerk at the supermarket lacks imagination. It reminds me fascism.

from BBC

Supermarket staff refused to sell alcohol to a white-haired 72-year-old man - because he would not confirm he was over 21.

Takeshi Kitano, a film director

I do not like Takeshi Kitano as a comedian (I do not think he is funny at all). However, he is a genius artist for sure. I love his movies very much. I usually do not watch Japanese movies but only his.

Abuse or not

from New York Times:

A 13-year-old girl was brought to a doctor’s office to have her clitoris removed, a surgery considered necessary here to preserve chastity and honor.The girl died, but that was not the source of the outrage. After her death, the government shut down the clinic, and that got everyone stirred up.

In Egypt, majority of people still support unnecessary circumcision. I think this is a kind of child abuse, and we should work to prevent it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tracking down

I think this is interesting. Scroogled

The U.S. government had lavished $15 billion on a program to fingerprint and photograph visitors at the border, and hadn't caught a single terrorist. Clearly, the public sector was not equipped to Do Search Right.
It will be google but not any government who will be able to tack down any individual on this planet. We have to be careful so that google will not abuse their power and that they will not be used by the U.S. government.