Back in April 2013 I first wrote about the electric bike [click here] and in the past three years much has happened to the design and models in Europe and elsewhere.
There are now a large number of makes and models, some of which are available in new Zealand, e.g.
Once again New Year is to be delayed, but just by one second in order to synchronize our time pieces with the atomic clock in Paris.
Like last year the count-down will click from 23.59.59 to 23.59.60 and only then to 24.00.00 thus adding an extra second before you can wish your friends a Happy New Year.
A long time ago, or to be more exact, in the years 469 to 399, there lived an early classical Greek philosopher by the name of Socrates who has been credited with being one of the founders of Western philosophy. He also had a pupil named Plato and both Master and pupil expressed their opposition to writing because it would “create forgetfulness in learner’s souls because they will not use their memories”.
Since then the same may have been said about printing using our inkjets or laser printers, listening to radio, education generally, watching TV, using computing devices, email, Facebook and Google and other similar brain rotting technology as writing was seen as.
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Anything for a quiet life?
Today’s technology thinks otherwise and a much beloved word that has come to the fore is “Disruption” to explain what is happening, the change from incremental improvements to radical changes which can and do disrupt established ways, be it in products or markets or in our way of life.