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Monday, October 22, 2007

Time is all we have got...

"Time is all we've got. Our challenge is allocating that time, intersecting our time with that of others, managing the disposition over time of the resources we control. Now at last we're getting better tools to help us.


Time itself is abstract, but it takes on value as a measure of unique, un-tradable things.

But computers know nothing of this, even though time is intrinsic to their operation and they can measure it with precision. Its meaning is as foreign to them as the meaning of a mile or a kilometer. They don't understand how people value time, nor how time changes value - both its own value, and the value of the things it measures.

By Esther Dyson



With the dawn of the Internet time has changed its meaning and got to be more "subjective".

Many years ago, when the world was small and we all lived in the same time zone, when calling USA from Europe was unthinkable, time was the same for everybody.

It didn't really matter to syncronize events, because THEY WERE already syncronized.

You got up when everybody got up and went to bed when everybody went to bed.

You had your meals when the others had their meals and so on.

But now that the world has got bigger and we communicate and have businesses with the other half of the globe, time has got its importance.

It is something that has got its shape and its priorities. So much that computers must be taught to consider it.

Time is intrinsic to their operation and they can measure it with precision. Its meaning is not anymore as foreign to them as the meaning of a mile or a kilometer.The Internet is everywhere but not at the same time.

Virtuality doesn't consider space, but gives importance to time.

Our life, our job is getting more than ever our time.

No more our town or our region or our nation, but our day, our hour, our minute.

And it is in this environment that memory and storage have more and more importance.

Because they can stop the time and fix the minute.

The email arrives and is stored so that is opened at "our convenience".

We do not need anymore geographical space, but we certainly need more and more storage space to postpone any event that would be unconvenient in another moment of our day.

May be time is not all we have got, but certainly is something we have to consider.
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