Wed, 31 March 2010
Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb, this is the March 31, 2010 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 42 minutes]
Topics: how Twitter can help people get more work (such as building credibility and reputation with clients and potential clients by letting them know what you are working on, or verifying that you are working on projects similar to their own); how the technical sophistication of our lives is making the younger generation into specialists without generalized knowledge of simple things (such as what plants are edible in their own backyard, how to grow food, their physical location in the world or even in relation to their own friends, and how to fix things); the irretrievability of everything we put online (including photos, blog entries, and our profiles on Facebook, MySpace, and Linkedin) which will all be searchable years from now by those we ask for a job, those we ask to marry, and eventually even our children; trends in India they have witnessed by living there; and how American schools can learn social engineering from the ways the Nazi's rewrote grade school textbooks.
This interview was recorded at the World Future Convention in Chicago last fall. Jordan and Christopher were there covering the event for the online news-magazine Reality Sandwich. In addition to journalism, they translate messages; not from one language to another but from traditional forms such as advertising or websites into social-driven media such as YouTube, Twitter and iPhone apps.
BTW: Also mentioned was LibraVox.org which is one of your host's favorite places to download audio books for free. These audio books are free because the are out of copyright and were read by volunteers.
News Item: On Monday, March 29, 2010 (two days before this episode goes public) your host will go to the hospital for outpatient surgery. Recovery will take about six weeks. Hopefully the pain medicines won't interfere with any of April's episodes. If it does rest assured I will be back soon. For those who were expecting to see me speak and moderate panels at RavenCon in Richmond Virginia (April 9-11, 2010) I apologize. As much as I was looking forward to seeing so many good friends and getting so many cool interviews I have had to cancel that appearance.