IT Revolutions. First International ICST Conference, IT Revolutions 2008, Venice, Italy, December 17-19, 2008, Revised Selected Papers
In the first two decades of the past Century, having as driving factor the automobile and its mass production, the command economy has radically changed our lifestyles, enabling the creation of offices, suburbs, fast food restaurants and unified school districts. With the Internet as driving factor…
In the first two decades of the past Century, having as driving factor the automobile and its mass production, the command economy has radically changed our lifestyles, enabling the creation of offices, suburbs, fast food restaurants and unified school districts. With the Internet as driving factor, socio-technical and industrial eNetworked ecosystems are about to change our lives again in these two decades of the 21st Century, and we are just approaching the tipping point. As we have just reached the point where the tremendous changes fueled by concerted efforts in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) research are unraveling the old society this is creating a lot of discomfort, confusion and sometimes opposition from the traditional mainstream. This disconnect is being even more deepened by the rocketing speed of technological ICT advances. As technology is getting ahead of society - the old ways, although still dominant, become more and more dysfunctional and we are experiencing an “Age of Paradox” as the new ways disrupt the way we used to do things and even the way we used to think about the world. Just like the major inventions that shaped past Century were made by 1920 – it is expected that the major inventions that will shape the 21st Century are going to be made by 2020. Thus time is quite ripe to ask ourselves, as we witness how the new ways irreversibly challenge the old: Where are the limits of the impossible? And are we ready to touch them with the same daring attitude which fuels our drive to push continuously the technological frontiers? As premier Conference of the ICST - IT Revolutions will account yearly on the progress made in building critical mass for the radical shift while underlining the major issues and identifying gaps between the traditional and the new ICT driven ways to provide strategic directions in addressing them - thus ensuring a smooth transition towards an IT-driven future. For this first edition we have assembled a brilliant team clustered around major Themes concerned with the disconnect between old and new ways reshaping critical aspects of our world at this turning point – in search for innovative solutions that can capitalize on the impact of the tumultuous transformations. I am certain that you will feel as compelled as we are, to become a part of this quest – thus I invite you to join our concerted efforts and contribute your share to the IT Revolution.
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