One of the best things about conferences is that it lets you get closer towards people who have some pretty unique and useful perspectives on life and certain topics. When it comes to the topic of technology, it is places like technology centered conferences will let you meet and listen to the interesting and truly helpful words of keynote speakers that can share different points of view.
In one of the previously held conferences, a keynote speaker by the name of Jamais Cascio gave a pretty rousing talk. He discussed the idea that people are equipped with and are generally given the necessary tools that they can use to better improve their world. This was something that we wanted to explore.
It gave us something to really think about—whether or not we did have the tools to affect our world or our lives. The term ‘world’ is quite large. It can encompass the literal sense as it refers to the planet we live on or it could be something not quite as literal as that. Our world can be affected by our decisions and our actions and we were curious to see if we had the tools that Cascio referred to.
This is a no brainer. Of course, we have technology. We use it everyday. Of course, this also means that we had to look at the bigger picture altogether. How did the production and utilization of technology affect the world that we live in? How does it affect our lives in general? How do we make use of the technology that we have to positively impact our world?
Strength of Character
This was quite surprising to say the least. It is not everyday that we are made to question whether or not we carried the strength of character that is necessary to affect positive change in our lives. However, a lot of the time this is the case. A lot of people end up making bad decisions because they lack the gumption to stick to the straight and narrow path. They feel like taking shortcuts because it is perceived as easier but not necessarily healthier.
The very idea that our world can be shaped by things that we have around us—particularly referring to technology—is quite compelling. A lot of the time people like to blame their circumstances on events that they feel they had no control over. While that can be true for some of the time, it is statistically impossible for that to be true 100% of the time. People do need to take responsibility for the state of their existence. After all, the only true factor that they can control in that situation is them.
In your opinion, do you have the tools to better improve your world? What tools can you think of?