tools people use have a strong influence on the way
they perceive their work, on the way they try to solve
their problems and even on the kind of problems they
professor who uses paper, pencils, chalk and a
blackboard think about new educational projects in
a very different way than another one with a
good Internet knowledge and who is also an effective
advanced computer applications user. The chalk professor
could conceive an e-learning project using diffuse general
references and the advice of some tech guys.
But a technically wise professor is likely to
produce a better one.
a builder who uses picks, shovels and primitive
scaffolds thinks about a possible house in a very
different way than another one who uses powerful
cranes, computers, and advanced logistic
paraphernalia. This applies to all the occupations,
from medicine to law, from politics to defense.
on the tools one uses, the possible futures are seen in
a very different way. As the tools one uses become more powerful, the
projects become more powerful as well. This is the
reason why the digital
fracture of decision makers implies severe
limitations on what a society will be able to do
in 2012 and further.
low speed transition is likely to produce large
marginal groups. So, it will convey a poor
leadership, but a larger digital fracture at the
bottom, as well.