Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Summary of a talk by Alan November at eLIVE 2006. Some interesting points, but I really think the point of view is skewed. Here's a quote: "What is the problem? The problem is not technology or teaching children technology. The problem is that India is ramping up in technology and education, online learning. China outstrips the US by the year 2050." These are not problems. These are enormous opportunities, not to mention a long overdue balancing of wealth and resources worldwide. The quote continues, "It means a lot more people have a lot more money to spend to use up the world's natural resources. We could lose over 17 percent of US jobs to offshoring." What it means is that the need for more equitable income distribution is more pressing than ever, both worldwide, and within those countries that consume most of the world's resources.

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