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As I reflect the summer I have spent in British Columbia in the past 20 years, I could not help being amazed at the technological change around us.  Now we take it for granted that we communicate via SNS and email, take photos everywhere (almost) with very high resolution, share them with people around the world.  We can have virtual meeting almost anywhere with wi-fi.

Almost twenty years ago when we came here for the first time, there were no iPhone, and easy software for virtual conference.  I recall I wrote a letter and mailed it at the post office! (which took long time to get to Japan!) Now we can watch what is happening not only throughout the world, but also in the universe!  We can learn new skills via online course as I am doing now and have access to so much information if we want to.

Security and/misuse of personal information, and almost infinite number of cameras around us is something to worry about, as we do NOT really know what details about individuals are accessible, and not only our own search behavior on internet, but also our faces are recognized beyond our imagination.

I am essentially optimistic, however, and feel that technology could bring about better things to many people in the world, but it is only if we know how to put them into the good use. (I was listening to the interview with Mark Zuckerberg  by Kara Swisher this morning, which was interesting, particularly the way she asked such pointed questions to push Mark.)

In a way, I am glad that I have witnessed both before and after the Internet and social media.  I can see the benefit of it, compared with years ago. It may be very difficult to be a teenager today.    I believe our history is always that of change and transformation, after all and sincerely hope that young people (“at heart” included) will create the better world on their own.

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