Avatar, 3D TVs and 3D content are hot topics recently, but there is another topic burning things up and that is climate change. The hot topics should be Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane (CH4), which are the main greenhouse gases (GHG), contributors to global warming. Over the last century the Earth has warmed approximately one degree Fahrenheit.
The Bible speaks of two meteors hitting the earth; one in the sea and one on land. Revelation 8:8 - 11 depicts, "The second Angel trumpeted. Something like a huge mountain blazing with fire was flung into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the living sea creatures died, and a third of the ships sank. The third Angel trumpeted. A huge Star, blazing like a torch, fell from Heaven, wiping out a third of the rivers and a third of the springs.
Why are all the good technological advances still five years away? Robotics that works? Five years away. Ubiquitous computing? Five years. Artificial Intelligence? Its been five years away for decades. Even in the world of medicine, the cure for Alzheimer's and cancer is always five years away. And lets not even start talking about flying cars.
Don't ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country? What does this actually mean? Does it mean how we can make the country a better place to live or do whatever our country tells us to do? I think it is the latter of the two because money is the driving force for everything and as people, do we really need it? Money is not important and it is only used as a bargaining chip or a way to motivate the working class.
Korea is in a unique position here and now - it has strong ties and growing ties to two of the largest growth markets in the world. That would be China and India. Both of the countries are gearing up for some world-changing economic events, and Korea is positioning itself to benefit from all of it.
What is the real value of a reputation? And how is a reputation made? These two questions are important for not only a person, but also for a business. For a business, of course, if a good reputation gives no real, tangible benefit, then it's just window-dressing. The practical, tangible benefit of a good reputation must be there, or it simply doesn't exist from a business perspective.
But there are good benefits to a good reputation. A good reputation speeds every business transaction along. Take a magazine, for instance.
Ethics is truly a sticky subject - everybody wants to see it but nobody wants to talk about it. And, in a cross-cultural publication such as this one, it can become even more unpalatable, since ethics can be a sticky subject indeed between cultures. However, sometimes, one must bring it up, or nothing could ever get accomplished.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Korea has been the only divided country left in the world. North and South Korea are the only remaining subjects of the great experiment with Communism that the world has subjected itself to for over 50 years, an experiment that has run its course.
A walled garden is a media content term for a closed set of services, something like an information system monopoly. You can see it with game systems - Nintendo only allows its proprietary games to play on its system. You can also see it with mobile phone services - Verizon does not offer its services to phones of other vendors.
On April first the Korean government played a cruel joke on its Internet citizens. The current administration manifested its neurotic fear of new forms of communication by putting into effect a new regulation which affected any web site with more than 100,000 visitors per day.
Once, a mother who needed some quiet hours told her twelve year old son to entertain his six year old sister, no matter the cost. “Just do whatever she wants you to do, and no complaining,” the mother sternly ordered. The son dutifully nodded his head, and the mother retired to get some rest. Unfortunately, she was awakened soon after by the piercing wail of her six year old daughter. Angry, she demanded of her son why he did not entertain his sister. “Mom,” he said in defense of himself, “at first she wanted me to dig a hole in the back yard, so I did. But then, she wanted me to take it back to her room!”
CeBIT has broken tradition this year with two themes rather than one. Webciety, the first theme, is about all the things that we have come to associate with the Internet, while Green IT is about designing IT to be more efficient.
There is a lot of talk about the crash of the Korean economy and the economic disaster that the whole world is facing. However, there are many signs that things are not as bad as they could be, which can give us hope for the future.
The Korean media today has an obsession, and sadly this magazine is not immune. This obsession is a simple one, and yet also quite complex. Reporters all over the country are fixated on comparing Korea to other countries, and Korea's supposed standing in the global community.
Many powerful people in South Korea say that they are interested in the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the IT sector. This can be easily understood in a country which is dominated by huge conglomerates, just one of which can put its logo on products as diverse as computer parts, air conditioners, and cars. However, SME growth is hampered by a variety of factors, like weeds in a garden, and these weeds must be pulled up if SMEs are going to flourish.
This magazine is unique in Korea for several reasons. Beyond the obvious - the fact that it is the only technology title available in English in this country - there is a more surprising reason. Need another clue? Check out our website. Yes, on the website, if you have not already visited, you can download our free podcast. If you are a Korean reading this, you might well be asking, "What is a podcast?" A podcast is a downloadable mp3 file that is produced by a variety of media sources, ranging from private individuals to major media outlets like the BBC and CNN.
Korea is not what it once was, that much is obvious to anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past 50 years. The country has climbed the ranks of many different lists, and by the judgments of any number of international organizations its standing is rather impressive.
However there are some aspects of the culture that do not reflect its international standing, and one of them is communication. South Korean companies, governmental organizations, and even newspapers have problems with this singular task.
The field of robotics is one that is still shrouded in myth and fantasy, a science fiction writer's paradise of infinite possibility. This is both a blessing and a curse: a blessing, because the future of robotics is wide open to possible interpretation and the interpretations are truly endless; a curse, because the expectations of potential robotics customers are placed firmly within the clouds of promise and possibility, and are entirely unreachable with current robotics technologies.
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