Originally posted on Political Jelly:
Build it and they will come to buy it back again.
There is much huff and puff about the construction of the NBN in Australia. Like most things “Hi-tech” explanations of its benefits are complicated and convoluted. Technologists like myself project a fifties impression of the space-age “Buck Rodgers” futuristic world we envisaged 2013 would be. Technology may have moved on since the fifties but some people cannot. I can feel your eyes glaze over as you read this on your smartphone or tablet, which was the stuff of a fertile imagination just 10 years ago.
The politicisation of technology, like education and medicine, stifles visionary benefits. Get a great idea, share it with a politician and when they eventually understand the vision after assessing the political capital, they will promptly legislate it into oblivion. The hallmark of politicising great ideas is the term “Cost Benefit Analysis”. Rest assured that…
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