A fairly good day today...after being totally unmotivated to do anything this morning, I felt a change of scenery was required, so I went downtown on the train to relax a bit, get my mind off things, and do some very last minute mother's day shopping. It was totally a nice break, but hard to get my mind off things when everything reminds me of what I don't want to be stressing about right now. Anyway, it was still a great time and I finished the Friendman book.
(Helen, don't read what's next if you don't want to know about the last chapter!)
It's interesting to think about what a globally, digitally connected world can do. And it's really interesting to look at the ways it can be used for good, and for bad. Look at all the engineers and call center employees in China and India who have a much better quality of life now. Look at how efficiently a company can get experts from all over the world working on a problem. But also look at what an organization like al-qeada can do...that osama can get the latest reports streamed to his computer in a cave over satellite phones, that he can create an "all-star" team of sorts from the "best" in the world to go attack a country. Interesting for sure. It's also interesting to think about how all of this globalization might keep countries from going to war. Think of China attacking Taiwan. This would be a huge event that would probably result in US interests moving out of China and a huge disruption to world trade that would probably end up mostly leaving china out in the future. They know this. Does that mean they are much less inclined to want to attack, probably. Who would have thought a few tech companies and Wal Mart could stop a war...interesting to think about.
Anyway, I'm on to Freakonomics next! Hope everyone is having a good weekend!!