1. I have been wondering the same thing. Recent changes in technology seem to be undermining the specialist skills needed to create new things. And the same changes are undermining the economies of scale that have dominated industry for a couple of centuries.

    So we seem to be going back to cottage industries. with artists able to create new things without needing a manufacturing or IT degree.

    But we are not living in small villages any more. So I am wondering if people will move back into small, trusted communities … or if some group will find a way to regain the advantage of economies of scale and take over the creation and communication of ideas … or if we will lose our borders, get used to being small fish in a giant ocean and become a different society.

  2. It was a great presentation, and we were really glad to have you. It’s so good to know that the post-presentation dialogue went even further than we took it at the forum.

    I’ve always felt that Web 2.0’s accessibility was one of it’s biggest failings as well as strengths in terms of the learning curve and skills set it seemed to make redundant – When I learnt about how to access the internet I was 12, and I learnt basic HTML because I wanted to make content and not just consume it. Today’s 12 year olds are a lot more in touch with the internet, but at the same time the necessity of skilling up in order to contribute on the internet has largely been taken out of the picture.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the paradigm shift shapes the future, and hopefully there’ll be more interesting discussions like ours in the mean-time.

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