I think of time like bandwidth. It’s such a problem and I simply don’t have the bandwidth to squeeze in everything I need. As new technologies develop we are able to store more data and finish more work at a faster pace. The Internet is enabling us to achieve our goals. I am fascinated by the Electric Sheep screen saver. When I met Spot Draves, the inventor, in San Francisco, he told me that the beautifully complex imagery you see on the screen saver is enabled because there are 40,000 computers that support the server, collectively, because there is no one server that can hold the data due to the bandwidth problem. I found this to be beautiful just like the Internet because it forms a collective consciousness anyone can be a part of. The Internet would not be what it is if it were not for the people’s voices that collaborate and build intelligence. Just look at Wikipedia, for example; it’s a place of collective intelligence where people collaborate to contribute to a universal exchange of information. These are two macro examples of what new communication technologies are doing to help humanity.
A micro example of the Internet as a tool to help humanity is online education. It brings students together across boarders to listen and learn from one another just as the voices of bloggers are heard over the Internet.
President Clinton inspired me when I heard him speak at his fundraiser for the Clinton Foundation in San Francisco. If we collect and congregate we instigate change. He says that virtual connections will evoke compassion in the world. We can feel compassionate enough to act. If pictures say one thousand words then how many words are spoken in motion pictures? Video on the net is changing all that because for the first time it is so easy and accessible to anyone. Things like Mac’s iMovie allows anyone to adapt to the technology because it is so easy. I want to encourage people with a voice to adapt this simple and affordable technology to build communities and their voices. Social Networking is an important element to video on the net because it is how you record your life to further your interactions with others. Many times the connections build virtually and lead into physical interactions particularly when feelings are evoked through the use of imagery.
I’m proud to say that the hours I’ve spent online changed my life and the hours other people spend online are changing the world. As Bill Clinton said at the Fairmont Hotel for his Clinton foundation fundraiser, “the communication and payment methods are changing the world.” He used Hurricane Katrina as an example of how the Internet allowed for instantaneous donations to the victims of the natural disaster. Like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak wanted to change the world through the invention of the personal computer, the Internet is doing the same. Technology is getting cheaper and more assessable to a growing population. The more people whom come together to contribute and share collectively the more we will see the empowerment and democratization of communication.