A Journey Through The Last 30 Years of Tech


As my forth original post on my WordPress I’m going to share a video of a TED Talk that I’ve watched recently.

This video is a TED Talk presentation made by MIT Media Lab founder, Nicholas Negroponte, a true tech visionary – pushed the edge of the information revolution as an inventor, thinker and angel investor -, [MIT Media Lab] which helped drive the multimedia revolution and presently houses more than 500 researchers and staff across a broad range of disciplines.

“If Nicholas Negroponte can achieve his ambition of distributing $100 laptops to the world’s disadvantaged children, he will help redefine philanthropy and see his name added to a list alongside the likes of Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller.” — Technology Review

My favourite part of the Talk is this one, which I quote:

«I think the challenge is to connect the last billion people, and connecting the last billion is very different than connecting the next billion, and the reason it’s different is that the next billion are sort of low-hanging fruit, but the last billion are rural. Being rural and being poor are very different. Poverty tends to be created by our society, and the people in that community are not poor in the same way at all. They may be primitive, but the way to approach it and to connect them, the history of One Laptop per Child, and the experiment in Ethiopia, lead me to believe that we can in fact do this in a very short period of time.
And so my plan (…) is to do this with a stationary satellite (…), and for two billion dollars, you can connect a lot more than 100 million people, but the reason I picked two, and I will leave this as my last slide, is two billion dollars is what we were spending in Afghanistan every week. So surely if we can connect Africa and the last billion people for numbers like that, we should be doing it.» – Nicholas Negroponte

The ending of the Talk, with the “last prediction” is also brilliant, scary, visionary and very possible in 20 to 30 years, with the technology advances we’ve seen just on the last century, changing and innovating the tech paradigm, year after year.

«(…) one of the things about learning how to read, we have been doing a lot of consuming of information going through our eyes, and so that may be a very inefficient channel. So my prediction is that we are going to ingest information You’re going to swallow a pill and know English. You’re going to swallow a pill and know Shakespeare. And the way to do it is through the bloodstream. So once it’s in your bloodstream, it basically goes through it and gets into the brain, and when it knows that it’s in the brain in the different pieces, it deposits it in the right places. So it’s ingesting.
(…) This isn’t quite as far-fetched, so 30 years from now.» – Nicholas Negroponte

Thanks again for reading and for following, I hope you’ve liked it and found it interesting.

Best regards,
Pedro Calado

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2 thoughts on “A Journey Through The Last 30 Years of Tech

    • Thank you Poch, I really appreciate it, thank you very much for reading/following.

      Keep up with the good work on your Plato on-line blog, it’s awesome, great posts.

      Best regards,
      Pedro Calado

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