I read the famous architect Nicholas Negroponte's book Being Digital in early 1996. He was then MIT Media Director in Cambridge. During my short visit to Harvard Business School , I stopped at his office just to say hello,but he was not around. In fact, I just paid my visit there through a Malaysian contact who was doing his Masters in mechatronics.
If I remember correctly, the major issue is about the change over from atoms to bytes or bits!Whether we accept it or not,whether we like it or not, it has encroached into our personal life and working life.Most of us are deep inside the waves;if not managed well ,we will get drowned by it.Many books have been written about it and I am not qualified to add anymore.
I got my frist email address from JARING on 24th July,1995-quite early for Malaysians of my age group(40+ then).If it is not due to the Internet, I don't think I could have written 54 "weekly notebook", 100 "cerita kedaikopi",about 10 "cara bicara" and a few tens of blogs to-date!All these short write-ups are stored at geocities webservers and blogspots. Now, I shifted my blog to typepad.com.The technology facilitated the creation of "writers" among us.
My first experience of "being digital" is when I got my first digital watch,then we have digital phones ,then many,many other things...and as they say, the rest is history.And yesterday I got my new digital camera.
That is why you can see many new photos uploaded to my albums located at this blog.
After we are being bombarded and flooded by digital technologies and contents,we are now worrying about digital divide in our coummunities ans well as misused of technologies.Technology is a double edge sword-it solves problems and at the same it creates new problems!
Now,mobile phones are just an ordinary item we carry in our pockets everyday.It is so common that no one notice if you carry one.But I will notice if you carry two mobile phones;-) One day, I confronted a friend why he carried two handphones? He came close and whispered," I got two wives!".Oh!?
The technoly has changed tremendously over the years, but ,yes there is a BIG BUT. Have we change to adopt and adapt the technology?What efforts have we taken to improve human-technology interface? Just look at the many computers sitting on the desks of many senior officers either in government and private sectors? To what extent have they used ICT for the benefits of their business and services?One day, the Land Office(pejabat Tanah,WP) officer came to my house asking me who is the owner/resident of my house? When I asked him why did not he ask DBKL or Telekom or JBA,he confided to me that his department could NOT get the co-operation from other government agencies.In my simple mind, why can't they have shared database?
IMHO, technolgy is just technology.The minds must be knowledgable and the hands must be skilled to make full use of technology for the benefits of mankind.For that matter, it applies to all-digital or non-digital technology.