Silicon Rally, San Jose, CA, April 19, 2004
Sylvia Caras. PhD

Using ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to Contribute Greater Peace and Prosperity for All

Around 50 people gathered at the Tech Museum in San Jose. There is a background wall projection during the opening where pictures of those here are being displayed enabling matching of faces and roles. No pads of paper or pens provided. And of course in this high high tech environment a glitch or two in getting the computer projections set up. The colors of the business clothing (no tech T shirts or denim embroidered with company name) -- both the men and the women are wearing are muted, grays and beiges and blues.

Koch: it is a time of inter-disciplinary, cross-sector collaborations and partnerships, new combinations of existing technologies

Rosling: free software for analyzing statistics/data in graphical ways that are more relational and meaningful. Demonstrates that there are now continua not divides across indicators of health, per capita income, family planning (Iran’s program the most successful), … The tragedy of public data collected by the World Bank and the UN is that it reaches some 2000 – 3000 users out of the 6 million people in the world. Software is connecting design tools and databases to better display social data with impact. For instance, literacy seems to precede health, and health rises well when health and economy develop in parallel.

La Chapelle: online-enabled consultations can affect the way the UN works, , lots is already happening,

Financing – evaluation can cost more than the project itself. Calluses can be used to determine credit-worthiness. If you hand is callused it’s a sign you work hard.

Social cohesion, inclusiveness, networking

McLean: West African women have a vibrant tradition of entrepreneurship, micro-enterprises are a natural

Wrye: Neuro-marketing – scanning brains while exposed to products to explore reactions. Hypersonic sound – messages direct to an individuals ear drum, voices in the head.

Engelbart: Human augmentation interface rather than human computer interface – what enhances human’s ability to use our knowledge and skills? No one can specify the design (too complex) but we can facilitate the evolutionary process. Accelerating rate of opportunities. Human systems and tool systems interactively co-evolving. (Back to the village? Have to build community. S.) "The better we get at getting better, the better we get better."

Laos: pedal-power generated, hard-wired, open-source computers connected by Wi-Fi based in schools where kids learn to use the computers and pedal.

Solar and biogas power. (One cow can power three computers.)

The National Science Foundation is discussing the convergence of nano/bio/information technology

Club of Rome : Education is the answer to poverty.    We must adapt to technology.

Think about developing bacteria to live in the intestine which will recognize stress and manage it.

The combination of search and communication (information technology) killed privacy.   Emerging communication devices, GIS, tracking rental cars that visited red light districts (rental contracts say no illegal activity, hence no privacy), ...

Spoonamore: Either all information is public information, or worse is some people get to see information and some people don't -- then who owns it?