Jim’s Tech Rant | Part 1

Every year, Jim den Otter, CTO at Computronix, delivers what we have all come to know as Jim’s Tech Rant.  It’s an insightful look into advancements in technology and how it affects our daily lives.  This year’s Tech Rant was titled “Technology has Consequences” and we thought we’d share it with you. 


As with any good panoramic view of technology, he begins with a tale of early technology…


“In 1886, the first trans-Atlantic cable was laid. At that point we could send telegraph messages between the USA and Europe instantly.  That fundamentally changed things like…diplomacy.  An Ambassador could get instructions from the US in real-time.  That’s gotta be good, right?  Or Not!  We had a couple World Wars shortly thereafter.  One of the things that happened is delay got taken out of diplomacy, it got taken out of being a strategy.  You could no longer sit and ruminate, think about stuff.  Everything happened like that (snap, snap, snap).  Contract negotiations?  The only way you can delay now is to have your lawyer go on leave.  (audience laughs)”


Jim’s right, the advancement of technology does have consequences and in Part Two of Jim’s Tech Rant, we will find out what he has to say about texting and family diplomacy.