Friday, June 5, 2009

Co-Creators, Citizenship & Information Technology

"We've got to recognize that we can't treat the American people as subjects but as a co-creator of ideas. We need to tap into the vast amounts of communities across the country. The federal government doesn't have a monopoly on the best ideas." ~ Vivek Kunda, U.S. Government's Chief Information Officer

FedStats - The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal

Angela Maiers: Content Creation: An Increasingly Vital 21st Century Skill



I truly believe that a lot of people are capable of a lot of things - if they care. The trick is getting them to care.
On the other hand, there are societies that work well without much humanity in them, such as ants.

Jim Burke said...

Thanks for the link to ants. It certainly raises many questions, such as "who are we?" and "where are we going?"

The prognostications of a Singularity < > when non-human processing power becomes dominant and in which we reach a stage when all bets are off and what we have learned from history might be irrelevant, is for me a scary vision. Are we willing to give up individual consciousness, obtained as we were cast from the "Garden",
to live as the ants do?

What kind of world will it be? Where does ethics fit into it? Will there be such a thing as individual rights and responsibilities?

We were brought up to be the ultimate consumers . . . especially in America. We have to learn to ask good questions, seek reasonable solutions, and to act in an ethical manner . . . but I worry especially about the ethical part.