Being real

As a child I read a story where the main character wanted to be a ‘real boy’ and not just a wooden puppet.

435px-Pinocchio1And this choice between being a real person – who connects with other people and things in an open and organic way – and being a puppet – driven by fear and striving and struggle – seems to be facing us all today.

Social media is merely speeding up the process.  It is helping the real people find each other and create sustaining communities.  And it is helping the others to find like-minded desperate souls.

We are at a crossroad in the future of our world.  Which group have you chosen to join?

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.

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  1. Hi Kate, I must admit that I had not really thought about the Pinnochio story as his search for his Real Person, the essential self; at least until I read your note. Being ‘Real’ is surely the biggest challenge for most of us in a world where manipulation is the order of the day. We dare not lower our mask lest someone see who we really are and exploit our vulnerability.

    GEM

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