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#DigitalLunch: Song For Lily Mae, Generation Z and why we don’t have to go to war any more…

Fri 7 December 2012, 12:41pm

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No agenda this week, you get to set it for us? You can pick it up here or on YouTube

Stuff we talked about…

- Andrew Gallagher joined us who was involved in putting today’s Number One song in Ireland, Tiny Dancer together for a cancer charity (Facebook page, here)…

He’s appearing on RTE’s Late Late Show tonight…

- Alastair McKenzie in London shared some fascinating research with us and Ian Murphy (driving in his car with his generation Z daughter on their way from Dublin to Clare shared a number of thoughts about how the use of technology is generational

- David Amerland made some fascinating comments, not least with regard to the redundancy of the use of force and in particular war.

He argues that people are becoming more open because the rewards for openness in a free network outweigh the need protective need for privacy in an era when governments (and big business) were all powerful and citizens all vulnerable…

“…what we are seeing here is a perceptable shift in the way we approach connectivity and the world in a more open way. Absolutely everything in terms of data, shares values, shared opportunities, knowledge, information.. It is actually shifting the whole world [so that] it now has an inherent element of trust.

Today in an open world, whatever the government does there the whole world knows about it immediately. It’s not that we don’t care as much [about privacy] it’s that we are more willing to put things out there because we can see the benefits.

If we step back and look at the bigger picture, it doesn’t make sense to go to war any more because we have more to lose than actually gain. There was a point in the past where war made perfect sense because you could get raw materials, new markets.

Whatever you lost in terms of soldiers the damage was transient because in the next twenty, thrity forty years you had something to gain through. War is a losing proposition now, no matter who actually wins. So we are less likely to actually go to war.

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