A Wish List for the Holidays
Here are some presents to put under the high-tech tree this holiday season.Here are some presents to put under the high-tech tree this holiday season: A new voting system. This one does not have to be that high-tech, but the irony of candidates touting their support of technology while unaware of the low-tech, chad-filled pit waiting to embarrass one and all cannot be missed. The parallel between companies spending millions on marketing while neglecting their infrastructures and candidates spending millions soliciting votes while the voting infrastructure was crumbling is compelling. Nothing could make the recent election less rancorous, but it is time that the much-discussed technologies of positive identification, security and universal access via many devices be applied to fundamental democratic processes.
A set of reasonable expectations. The Ghost of Christmas Past was unreasonable optimism, marked by the expectation that the Web could keep sprouting companies despite lackluster sales and a limited number of customers. This year, the Grinch of lowered corporate financial forecasts is creating a climate of unreasonable pessimism. The promise of technology is the promise of productivity, and products and services that fulfill that promise will continue to receive funding and added investment.