January 11, 2011
INCLASS GEOGRAPHY NOTESTHE FUTURE
-Information technology related to geography
-last class had a question:
-video: James Burke, set tone for today…video from show called the day the universe changed
Description: sun revolve around earth and vice versa would be the same. Everything our universe is is
everything we know. Look @ past and how it differs than today. Every culture has a way to keep its
knowledge and what it believes. On YouTube
THE DAY THE UNIVERSE CHANGED
-you see what your knowledge tells you are seeing
-who and what you are is determined by past events, throughout life you will add to collective human
-what you think the universe is, and how you react to that, depends on what you know. When the
knowledge changes, for you your universe changes!
-Why us? Why was is Europe that got this ball rolling? Told of the fact that we are curious, but a lot of
curious groups across world. Why us? By pure accident? Certain things in place that just promoted those
activities? China was exploring the Americas like the Europeans, Emperor in China retract
Description: linear vs. exponential. Room computer vs cellphone huge increase! Moore’s Law.
TIM BERNERS-LEE VIDEO
More info ted.com
Description: tea with the economist, internet is global communication platform
-what has these futurists been telling you? Technology allows for opportunities, ex. Laptop. The “friction
of distance”-how difficult it is to get from one place to another….take energy/ability to move. Argued by
some that friction of distance will be negated and become zero…..cheaper, cheaper and would make
geography to make it obsolete. First class-> Geography is related to spacial differentiation. Technology
has risk, it will displace people. In game of technology there will be winners and losers ex. Change in
music from vinyl to cd -Do you believe them? Of those individuals, who was the most believable? James Burke?
-How would geography be affected? Absolutely….will it disappear? Absolutely not. Have to look at
technology and its applications. Future is in the ability to solve problem.
THE THIRD WAVE
WHEN WATCHING THE VIDEO LOOK FOR ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS:
-What are the three waves that Toffler describes in the video?
-What are the characteristics of each of those waves
1 wave- settles ancestors on land
2 –gave us machines and mass society
3 - greatest wave in human history….probably technology
1 - first happened when first planted seed.
2 -industrial revolution expanded progress outward
3 - gigantic wave of change, machines evolving at a blinding rate.
-mians first wave civilization, worked the land. Created mathematics etc. and despite being so advanced
they fell apart
2 wave- standardization of production, but also interchanging and working parts. Standardization
became a way of life. Synchronization became a way of life. Adam Smith… specialization and division of
labour. “Big” is what the second wave is all about, that sheer size had to do with power. “Bigger is
better”. Concept of centralization.
3 wave-no longer convinced that biggest is best. Today industrial world is in crisis. Ex. Dude in Japan