Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Technology is Revolutionary

Let's talk of a system that transforms all the social organisms into a work of art, in which the entire process of work is included... something in which the principle of production and consumption takes on a form of quality.

Joseph Beuys

Beuys is one of my biggest heroes and influences in life - visiting a huge retrospective of his work in Dublin some 10 years or so ago, changed the way I looked at Art.

With the New Year coming, and change on the horizon - I thought this quote not out of place. All of us who work in IT and Consulting often forget, (or maybe never realize in the first place), just how transformational this all is.

We are in the middle of an actual revolution, a technology revolution that is changing the World in dramatic ways. We in this industry are the revolutionaries - we are quite literally changing the World order.

We need to remind ourselves sometimes of the enormity of change that we are involved in - and that lives and environments are being changed forever.

When we automate a process, or outsource a job - something will never be the same again. Peoples lives and their ecosystems are changed permanently.

That is not to say this is a bad thing, but we do need to think about how we all fit together into this picture - and work together to build better things, systems and structures of higher quality, that deliver benefits to society as a whole - that do more than simply provide a positive return on the next quarterly results.

It seems that big sweeping thoughts, of philosophy, of art or political science and religion are something of the past at times. But if we allow this to be so then we face a very perilous future.

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