Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Prospective gains and losses from the information explosion

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Dan Dennett begins his presentation with a question: “Are we dependent on technology? And are we in fact enslaved by it?”. No surprises here – the theme of the conference IS ‘The challenges & opportunities of a super-connected world’.
But then he says something that scares me.
“Do you have a plan for how to keep doing business if the internet was to go down?”
“Do papers, tv networks, hospitals & police stations?”
Now I’m terrified.
Undoubtedly, our lives do depend on technology.
The opportunities that have come with this technological age are almost immeasurable. But within this, we also have more opportunity than ever now to fill ourselves with guilt – now that we CAN do XYZ, we have no excuse. When XYZ still goes undone, we feel guilty.
More than that – what jobs will exist in the future if technology is to continue its exponential growth as (other Ci2011 speaker) Ray Kurzweil suggests? Will doctors become “medical receptionists & doormen”, pushing a few buttons and smiling politely? Where’s the adventure in that?
There is light at the end of the tunnel. The increased transparency of information will fuel true democracy and spell extinction for dictatorships (but also security & privacy).
Whatever the future has waiting for us, strap yourself in for the ride.
As Dennett says: “There is no exit strategy”.

"Without a doubt the best conference in Australia with a delightful mix of creativity and big thinking bringing together an eclectic group of industry, community and education leaders. Once again, I’ve come away enthused by new ideas, more aware of future trends, and heartened by the kindness of humanity. We all have a role to play and it should be a collective one." Kerry Anderson, Founder of Operation Next Gen

"Conferences are boring. Creative Innovation is more like a rodeo for ideas, and you are guaranteed to leave wanting to make the world better for everyone." Andrew Despi, A.kin

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"Creative Innovation 2019 was one of the most well-organised events I’ve ever taken part in. From beginning to the end, every detail had been planned through and taken care of. Secondly, are the production values. As a result, it was possible to attend all the sessions without suffering conference burn-out, happy in the knowledge that the next piece of content was guaranteed to delight and challenge the senses." Richard Claydon (Singapore)

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