Lunch today consisted of a smoked turkey sandwich and homemade potato and leek soup. I enjoyed a cup of hot black tea while watching an interesting TED talk (there’s a blurb below on TED). The speaker that I was watching was Hasan Elahi and he presented an interesting idea on the commoditization of personal information from the perspective of the authorities that would eventually make them obsolete in the way that they currently approach national security.
I find the same thing is happening all around us – information has become a commodity. The act of teaching information and the act of gathering information will eventually become obsolete and replaced with the act of teaching understanding. I wonder if it’s possible to get a PhD in Understanding?
(A quick note on The 31 Day Sprint – no numbers will be posted for Day 30 and 31. Instead a summary of The 31 Day Sprint will be posted on Day 32).
TED: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. More info here.