Technology a Key for Creating Better Society
The top tech stories for the tumultuous 2001 are intertwined with the changed political, economic and social world in which we live.The top tech stories for the tumultuous 2001 are intertwined with the changed political, economic and social world in which we live. The terrorist attacks on the United States, the rapid and effective military response a world away, the decline of the New Economy, and the ascent of the Old Economy are all stories that demonstrate the breadth and limits of technology. In the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, box cutters and fanaticism were used in a deadly low-tech combination. While technology cannot replace vigilance, the proper use of technology can help extend the eyes, ears and human reasoning needed to prevent further attacks. Security, business continuity planning and computer-assisted identification systems are now a major part of any companys IT planning. Adopting the right technology without an overreliance on what technology can accomplish and without undermining the rights upon which the United States was founded will be an important part of the legacy we hand our children.
The military response in Afghanistan showed how effective a force is developed when you create the right mix of technology; formidable, well-trained troops accomplishing specific objectives; and strongly supported native fighters. The contrasting images of cavalry charges and smart bombs being precision-guided by troops on the ground showed that even organizations as tradition-bound as the U.S. military can adapt and win by balancing human resources and technology.