Where is our largest technological plan? Written by J.C.Melo
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Where is our largest technological plan?
By J.C.Melo The period, more or less one year before September 11. The White House Technology Advisor worked in mankind largest plan until now, to install a fantastic communications and IT network of 100 Mb/s in 100 million houses in next 10 years. A plan bigger than Kennedy's plan to place a man in Moon in 10 years.
The plan was being developed with a lot of priorities, 470 companies had already petitioned to participate and/or to invest, they discussed more suitable communications protocol among existent ones - as H.323 - and new ones, etc. The forecast was to announce it until end of 2002.
That plan had very big goals, among which I can remember:
01. e-Surgery 02. e-Physician 03. e-Education (all levels) 04. e-Training (for companies) 05. e-Business (B2B, B2C, C2B, and by voice) 06. Iterative TV 07. e-Movies 08. e-Security (Federal, State, Country, homes) 09. e-Elections 10. TV telephony 11. e-Police 12. e-Government (all between government and Citizens) 13. e-Theater 14. e-Conferences 15. e-Libraries 16. e-Sciences 17. e-Polls 18. e-Management 19. TeleCommuter (home work) 20. All IT processing and storage through distant data centers 21. An estimated 1,000,000 new companies
and more e-Xs that you can imagine.
In every moment that I thought of this plan, I lamented two things: first, to be 73-years old and probably cannot accompanies him in next 30 years, and second, dozens of technological ideas that I could suggest.
And then September 11 happened, main national priority moved to security matters, investments - government and privates - moved to another directions and people worried more about moment than with future.
We Must Go to WarWritten by Ieuan Dolby
“I say chaps; our economy is not doing too well at all”. My bank balance is just too low and to be quite honest I would like to buy another million dollar house in Bahamas because other five that I have are just not enough for my lover and I – education for children is so expensive.
What on earth can we do about this disastrous situation? Hey, I have an idea let’s go to war, that always boosts economy and lets us build more arms and then afterwards we can rebuild fallen nation and my company can go in and get all contracts. Yeah, I like that! Last week my wife threatened to leave me, said that she would sue me for half estate, 20billion dollars she would get, so I need to do something urgent about that. Maybe transfer all my funds to some Mickey Mouse state, declare bankruptcy, go to trial and then be set free – of course with provision that I behave myself! Oh, I’ll behave myself all right with my yacht, my string of woman at my beck and call and a bank account filled with proceeds of millions from my fallen companies pension funds earnings – stupid investors.
I must not step ahead of myself just yet though. Court cases take years to produce results so my wife can be kept loose and with odd million to keep her mouth shut. Maybe she will end in AA clinic, take drugs or have an affair – that would soon settle her score. And also my companies have not yet been raided by auditors; they certainly would have a field day in my offices as nothing adds up at all. What’s one plus one? In my books it equals three hundred and forty six if you get my drift! I’ve been cooking books and fooling people for years, all those silly workers who’ve invested in my ultimate pension fund scam; they have just given me my very own pension fund and plenty of it too. The funny thing about all of this though is that all of paperwork leads to others doors, I can just pretend that I am poor victim of my financial officer’s scams or that my Chief Executive was building his own empire behind my back – great being boss and owner don’t you think?
The important thing for me now though is not my deranged wife or my troubled company, both of them will take years to sort out and a few greased palms will soon ease my way if I am not already on my remote island. The problem now though is that I am not in Forbes top 100 list of world’s richest men. That is my dream, to be recognized and known world over as being superior and above, to be talked about in same hushed tone as Bill Gates and to be up there with best of best. And at this rate I will not get there. The economy has stagnated, I cannot take any more money from investors, I cannot cook books any more as they are already cinders and I cannot make company seem any more valuable than it already is not. I just need economy to pick up so that I will get contracts, attract investors, re-cook new books and walk away with others billions and then my place will forever be secured!