@Clairvoyant. I concor with you on that. You know to some extent right now, how much of technology you use or have around you is almost becoming a yard stick for determing your status in the society. people love to check out your phone and your car to get a glimpse of how rich you could be. This really show how far technology has brought us and made us.
@Kunmi, You are right on that.Is it not true that technology is what really determines our level of comfort right now, it has become a measure that determines how much comfort you enjoy or available to you.
This is very true. Our lives are now centers on electronics world-wide because if you remove communication from our activities, then we remain dormant and ignorant. The only way by which Tripolians can communicate to the outside world is through technology. Whether we like it or not, we are all becoming adicts to technology. We can ask oursleves a question: Can a day pass witout using any technological item? NO! It is becoming the water we drink and at times we forgo food for technology.
That's it. We have become too obessesed with technology, and this has caused us reliantly on its use. Am afraid, this might exponetiate in years to come, aiding it - era of virtualization and internet of thing.
I appreciate Marc's firsthand account of the scene, and I too find it odd that one can have a SIM card far easier than he can get some basic surival necessity. I get the value and impact of gadgets, particularly when used to expedite communications and assets. Being on the fringe of some major flooding recently, I can appreciate that. But it does seem awfully out of whack to think bottled water and other basics can't get into an area where electronics can.
Amazing article Marc and interesting posts from everybody. I can only say that interest in electronics from local people, in a such way, was born basically for the reason a device, it's doesn't matter how is or what is, represents a great thing to sell for acquiring food or maybe a ticket from black market, carrying on the dream of leaving the region.
@Marc, I agree completely. I do find the notion rather odd and disturbing that more people are concerned with their electronics than finding food or water. It would seem like maybe the phone or computer that is being used could be bartered for some much needed food. I think the story of the old man is spot on.
All true. But surely I am not the only one who finds it bizarre just how many places are finding it easier and easier to announce, via a bgan uplink or cell connections, that they are thirstry, than it is to actually get them a bottle of water. I see why that is but it's still seems like a case of mixed priorities. It reminds me of that old chestnut about the rich guy that thieves lock in a vault, where he starves to death surrounded by billions in gold.
The new age electronics trend has led to unprecedented change throughout the world. You can now see coverage happening live that you couldn't before. With cameras the size of phones, people are able to document things for absolute proof of what happened. It is completely understandable that the electronics supply chain and all the necessary components are much easier to receive than vital supplies like food and water. Thanks to today’s modern communications it is not only easier to locate loved ones in times of despair, but to also locate vital supplies.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.