Friday, October 07, 2005

Cool Rheingold

For long I have idolized Howard Rheingold. His book, The Virtual Community, has an almost cult-like following. Now he has written, Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. Take a look at this: “Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation. The impacts of smart mob technology already appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some of its earliest adopters to support democracy and by others to coordinate terrorist attacks. The technologies that are beginning to make smart mobs possible are mobile communication devices and pervasive computing - inexpensive microprocessors embedded in everyday objects and environments. Already, governments have fallen, youth subcultures have blossomed from Asia to Scandinavia, new industries have been born and older industries have launched furious counterattacks.” This will be worth reading.
While I was on Rheingold’s site, I discovered that he is also a digital artist. Am posting two of his paintings. Amazing use of colours, don’t you think?
Green Man

Green Man’s Third Eye

Oh, by the way, heard from K today. She has resurfaced as Oracle Capability Development Specialist. Some stuff. This is what she wrote: “I am doing fine. Just been too busy with work. I blame Larry Ellison for all my problems. Every time he goes shopping, my workload increases! I hate this man!! And they say he has a way with women – certainly not me!! Lol.” Am glad that after all these years, she still remains my “biggest fan” (her words). It’s so nourishing for my fragile ego. Thank you, K.