Saturday, May 22, 2004

Nano in search of culture

Here's a thought-provoking column by Dave Webb in

    Michael O'Farrell -- CEO of consultancy InfoComm Canada Inc. -- has a context-is-everything attitude toward technology. As new technologies emerge, their developers have to be cognizant of how they'll fit in culturally 10 years from now for them to be of any value.

    "Technology is sometimes looking for its place in a culture," he says.

    O'Farrell took a year-long sabbatical in 2003 to flesh out his vision of where nanotechnology and mobile data communication will intersect. Then, in a merger, he acquired InfoComm -- started in 1989 by Murray McKercher, a complementary thinker who's still on board as a managing partner -- and began to position the firm as a thought leader in the field of nanomobility. More here.

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