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    At the Cutting Edge of the New Frontier of Cyberspace
    by Craig Lock


    "At the Cutting Edge of the New Frontier of Cyberspace"

    by Craig Lock

    "The next information revolution is well under way...It is
    not a revolution in technology, machinery, techniques,
    software, or speed. It is a revolution in CONCEPTS."
    (Drucker, 1998) "

    "Money is what fueled the industrial society. But in the
    informational society, the fuel, the power, is knowledge.
    One has now come to see a new class structure divided by
    those who have information and those who must function out
    of ignorance. This new class has its power not from money,
    not from land, but from knowledge."

    - John Kenneth Galbraith

    "The future belongs to those who apply knowledge with
    innovation and resourcefulness to find new paths - in
    business and in life."
    - Craig Lock and Bill Rosoman

    INTRODUCTION:

    In this short piece, as we "pioneer in the field of
    cyberspace", I'm sharing a few thoughts on the place of
    technology in these early days of the "Knowledge Economy",
    which may be of interest. My thoughts apply to my little
    (and "adopted") home country of New Zealand in particular,
    but I believe the basic (very over-used word!) PRINCIPLES
    apply world-wide.

    Bill Gates once described the "Information Age as the "Wild
    West of Cyberspace." A few years ago, he also said there
    would be two kinds of businesses in the year 2001: 1. those
    online and 2. those out of business!

    What is knowledge?

    "He who receives an idea from me receives instruction
    himself, without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper
    at mine receives light without darkening me." - Thomas
    Jefferson

    We are becoming ever-more a "knowledge society" - with the
    rapid diffusion (big word!) and exchanging of huge amounts
    of information daily. This makes the sheer volume of
    knowledge difficult to absorb.

    A few personal thoughts... I believe NOW is an ideal moment
    in history to look with fresh eyes at the kind of society we
    want to create, in a world, where knowledge is replacing the
    old sources of wealth and power as the driving force in the
    world's most successful societies.

    In recent years we are seeing "little" New Zealand's rapid
    transition from a pastoral to a knowledge economy (and
    society), as we are fast "catching and riding the knowledge
    wave". I believe it's more "an age of wisdom" in sharing
    information world-wide through the amazing power of the
    internet.

    Businesses MUST "get with the times" and respond by
    embracing the enormous international opportunities offered
    by the Internet. It's either ADAPT or DIE ("a slow lingering
    death").

    I believe that we should be finding new paths for social and
    economic development. New Zealand's economy and society need
    to be driven far more by knowledge, technology and
    innovation than in the past. I feel we need to urgently seek
    a STRATEGY for this "NEW KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY" that we are
    living in. We should "forge, mould and hew a knowledge
    society out of the old by catching this immensely powerful
    Knowledge Wave"... then riding it like the giant waves from
    the winter storms at Waimea Bay in Hawaii - to the absolute
    best of our individual abilities.

    Here in far-off New Zealand (near the bottom of the world),
    I believe we have an excellent foundation to be extremely
    successful in the global economy. However, we must move
    speedily ahead to be a far more "knowledge-driven" economy;
    otherwise we could become "also rans" in the
    ultra-competitive global market place.

    I truly believe that many New Zealanders have not yet
    recognised that the Internet is the modern equivalent of the
    'freezer ships of yonder', that revolutionised our economy
    last century. As we enter the twenty-first century, the
    Internet will be our 'key vessel' for reaching global
    markets from these far-off "sleepy shores".

    In doing this we WILL find new paths for social and economic
    development. Knowledge is replacing the old sources of
    wealth and power, as the driving source in the world's most
    successful societies. We must become a "knowledge export
    platform"...and that is the vision for my little business,
    Eagle Productions based in provincial NZ.

    In effect, we are creating wealth through the
    comercialisation of ideas. We are utilizing to the fullest,
    the amazing creative potential of the human IMAGINATION to
    reach the world.

    "The "digital divide": In the future there will be a
    widening gap between those with the skills in the new
    technological age and the "not so well off", those "poor
    souls", who have not put in the effort to aquire or update
    their computer and technological skills. It is a matter of
    using our resources wisely in this "digital age."

    Here in NZ I believe, we need to be driven far more by
    knowledge, technology, innovation and renovation. The first
    step is transforming the innovative spirit that allows we
    "Kiwis" (New Zealanders) to turn no.8 wire into innumerable
    useful tools around the farm, into a commercial operation.
    It's simply a matter of "sharpening the pencil" of New
    Zealand's focus from agriculture to e-commerce.

    Refocussing existing economies and enhancing existing
    products (traditional, such as agriculture and horticulture)
    through adding value via the world wide web. Utilising the
    best of the old, yet with the hope and optomism of the "new
    world".

    USE Information Technology with all the amazing powers of
    the world wide web . With the web and e-mail, we must always
    keep technology in perspective - by using it for 'ease of
    communication at the click of a mouse', to make our lives
    easier and market products and services around the globe
    efficiently and cheaply in the early days of this "New Age
    of Wisdom"!

    Each individual has a responsibility, a great opportunity,
    to utilise their utmost potential to gab this "moment in
    history", this "heartbeat in eternity".

    Make technology WORK FOR YOU -: for your (and your family's
    good, your business and especially your country.

    It's the spirit of its people that makes a country, any
    country, great...so

    build not walls, but bridges

    Craig Lock

    It is not what your country can do for you, but what YOU can
    do for your country."
    - charismatic former US President, John F. Kennedy

    "The spiritual is stronger than any material force, thoughts
    rule the world."
    - the great and inspirational American
    philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "The nations that will be successful in the information
    revolution may be large or small, and are unfettered as to
    hemisphere. Assuredly, however, they will have invested in
    the critical information, computer. social and Internet
    infrastructures." (McGovern, 1998)

    "I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."

    - Jonathan Winters

    Books by Craig Lock are available at: http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/books.html
    http://www.novelty-gift.com/ebooks.html and
    http://www.bridgeniche.com/

    P.S: Don't worry about the world ending today... it's
    already tomorrow in "little" scenic and tranquil New Zealand

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