Theses on the Future of IT
From Rolf Pfeifer
Antithesis: Information technology is gathering such momentum that it will soon outstrip the performance of the human brain, enabling ideas to be created at an ever faster pace.
Antithesis: Norms (for wall sockets, video cassettes and data communication protocols) help make our lives easier.
Antithesis: The problems of expert systems are due solely to the current limitations of information technology with regard to memory and processor performance.
Antithesis: Knowledge is power – you cannot have too much information.
Antithesis: Self-organization may be feasible for biological systems – but with information systems and businesses, lack of strong central control inevitably leads to chaos.
Antithesis: Ever greater possibilities for monitoring consumers – "Big Brother" on the advance.
Antithesis: As a consequence of its amazing progress, information technology will in future increasingly take on the function of creative thinking, thus minimizing the significance of our own intellectual performance, and leaving us free to concentrate on consumption and entertainment.
Antithesis: Will relinquishing control over the structure of products designed by us leave us at the mercy of unknown forces?
Antithesis: A strong dependence on information technology cannot be denied. However, as computers have no will of their own, they can never force humans to do things they do not want to do.