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Leader – Colm Moore Speaker 1 – Ivan Lennon Speaker 2 – Brian MacMahon Speaker 3 – Phillippe Boutroy Rebuttal – Aindriu O Suilleabhan. The Blue Team.

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The blue team

Leader – Colm Moore

Speaker 1 – Ivan Lennon

Speaker 2 – Brian MacMahon

Speaker 3 – Phillippe Boutroy

Rebuttal – Aindriu O Suilleabhan

The Blue Team

TEAM: Tarun Maitra, Roibeard MacArdail, Ciaran Mahar, Daniel O’Keefe, Howard Mannion, Martin McCauley, Declan Murphy, Derek McClatchie, Brian McElvaney, Eoin McGrath, Ronan McMaugh, Patrick O’Loughlin

Blue group

The IT revolution is a far far greater thing than any revolution which has happened to society before

Our group will put forward the motion supporting this statement

Our argument
Our Argument

  • Speaker 3 - Phillipe Boutroy

    • The effects of IT on visions of mankind

    • The integration of technology and humanity

    • Summary of our motion

Speaker 1 – Ivan Lennon

Introduction and defintion of motion

Benefits of IT Revolution



Speaker 2 – Brian MacMahon

Benefits of IT Revolution


Comparison to other Revolutions

Industrial Revolution

The Future of the IT revolution

Interpretation of the motion
Interpretation of the Motion

  • A revolution is defined as:-

    • “Any complete change of method or conditions”

    • «Oxford English Dictionary»

  • The I.T. Revolution has changed the methods of:

    • Communication

    • Business

    • Banking, and

    • Leisure

  • We will show the IT revolution to be great in terms of it being remarkable or outstanding in magnitude, degree, or extent

  • Internationally, we are witnessing the most profound changes in international telecommunications and information technology. We are rapidly heading for a post-industrial society in which information is produced, communicated and used intensively «Mary Robinson»

Benefits of the it revolution science
Benefits of the IT revolutionSCIENCE

  • IT has many applications for science

    • Scientific research is being transformed by IT

    • It has changed how we explore space

    • It has given us new technology

    • It has helped us to better understand our planet

Benefits of the it revolution medicine
Benefits of the IT revolutionMEDICINE

  • Medicine also has benefited from the I.T. Revolution

    • Sharing of Medical Information, Technologies and Breakthroughs

    • Devices have been developed to help monitor the ill

    • Methods of surgery have been changed

    • Human Genome Project uses computer extensively

    • Conditions of disabled people’s lives has been greatly improved by I.T.

Changes in methods and benfits of i t
Changes in Methods and Benfits of I.T.

These points have shown the motion to be true, in that:

  • This period of time is truly revolutionary. Methods of communication, research, business and medicine have changed

  • The sheer number of people experiencing the I.T. Revolution and benefiting from it is unlike any other revolution in History

  • I.T. is advancing humanity’s understanding of space, our planet and ourselves at a phenomenal rate

Speaker 2 brian macmahon
Speaker 2 - Brian MacMahon

Benefits of the IT revolution

The Internet

Comparison to previous revolutions

Industrial Revolution

The Future of the IT revolution

Benefits of it the internet
Benefits of IT – The Internet

"How Citizens Assess the Digital Revolution“ Frank I. Luntz

One Third of Irish People now have access to the Internet, Research Published by the Information Society Commission – 14 October, 1999

Uses of the internet
Uses of the Internet


Heavy Users

of Technology Total

E-Mail 18% 22%

Purchases 28% 21%

Business/Stocks 30% 20%

Entertainment 14% 14%

Travel 15% 13%

News 13% 11%

Educational/School 6% 10%

Medical/Health Information 10% 8%

The Internet has flourished in the past few years because it saves people time and provides a convenience that was not even imaginable five years ago.

"How Citizens Assess the Digital Revolution“ Frank I. Luntz, Luntz Research Companies

Comparison with industrial revolution
Comparison with Industrial Revolution

  • The first steam powered cotton mill in the US dated from 1847 - sixty three years after its adoption in Britain

  • The first electronic computers were developed in the mid forties

  • "If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get one million miles to the gallon..." -Robert X Cringely

Change in sectors
Change in sectors

  • “In recent years, the U.S. economy has performed beyond most expectations …While the full economic impact of information technology cannot yet be precisely evaluated, its impact has been significant. “

  • Information technology industries have doubled as a percentage of the overall GDP in the last ten years

  • “In 1985, 557,000 people worked in these industries. By 1996, the figure had more than doubled to reach 1.2 million workers.”

The future of it
The Future of IT

  • Moore's law - processor power doubles every 2 years

  • Memory capacity doubles every 2 years

  • Disk size similar

Educational facilities in the next millenium

  • Graph: No. of Computers in TCD

1982 – 0.01 Computers per person

1998 – 0.29 Computers per person

This is a 300 fold increase

The past the present and the future
The past, the present and the future

  • The Internet gives a voice to the masses

  • The IT Revolution has brought about More changes in a quicker time than any previous revolutions

  • The future possibilities because of IT are endless

  • And the future is now

Philippe boutroy
Philippe Boutroy

  • A new vision of Nature and Mankind

  • I.T. - Integration of humanity and technology

  • Summary of case

How computers change our cultural outlook i
How computers change our cultural outlook (I)

For the computer, this is binary digits and algorithm

A picture of some beautiful French village?


Pictures, sounds, biological processes, physical laws, almost anything can be represented by binary digits and algorithms

The blue team

Modern psychology talks about the input and output of the brain

Modern linguistics refer to language as information to be processed

The brain consists of electrically sensitive cells…This is comparitive to the computer

Information may be defined as the knowledge that resides in the human brain, in all electronic and written records, and potentially, in physical artifacts. Information science is the scientific study of that information: how it is created, transmitted, encoded, transformed, measured, used, and valued.

 "Information Science," Microsoft Encarta.

Computers provide very handy metaphors for the human brain and the way we work as sentient beings

How computers change our cultural outlook ii
How computers change our cultural outlook (II)

“Technologically and in other ways, civilisations proceed at their own pace and with their own inner logic, and each possesses a characteristic set of materials, techniques and devices that help to shape their cultural outlook”

«“Turing’s Man”, J. David Bolter»

Computers are a defining technology, that make us think of intelligence in mechanical terms

Comparing the brain to a computer makes us see ourselves as machines

“The electronic digital computer has overcome in part the objections to the materialisation of the mind”

«“Turing’s Man”, J. David Bolter»

I t integration of humanity and technology i
I.T. - Integration of humanity and technology (I)

“In the I.T. age, technology is becoming more and more integrated to mankind”… or is this the other way around?

Computers make you think in terms which are suggested by the software, e.g. Internet browsers, spreadsheets, word processors, etc.

I t integration of humanity and technology ii
I.T. - Integration of humanity and technology (II)

Computers are no longer restricted to the office and home: I.T. is about having access to information any time, anywhere

We are relying more and more on computers and computerised tools in our everyday life

I t integration of humanity and technology ii1
I.T. – Integration of humanity and technology (II)

  • Our capabilities as human beings depend more and more heavily on our capacity to communicate quickly and to process information in efficient ways

  • Laptops, organisers, mobile phones and so on are not just ordinary tools. They are extensions of ourselves

  • “Men and women of the electronic age, with their desire to sweep along in the direction of technical change, are more sanguine than ever about becoming one with their electronic homunculus. They are remaking themselves in the image of their technology” «“Turing’s Man” J. David Bolter»

  • We are becoming information processors, Turing’s Men, wired men

Is this what our future will be
Is this what our future will be?

“The Matrix” 1999 Warner Bros.

eXistenZ, 1999 Alliance Atlantis Communications

The blue team

  • The Army soldier modernization effort is a comprehensive, multifaceted program designed to maximize the operational capabilities of the soldier as a "battlefield system" capable of executing a full range of military operations by enhancing command and control, lethality, survivability, sustainability, and mobility

  • [Command and control] is integrated with digital head–mounted displays, combat identification, and navigation aids. Improvements will focus on individual communications, computer control systems, position navigation, information fusing and management, visual and aural enhancement (including image capture and transmission), and situational enhancement

  • Additionally, the benefits derived from developing the soldier system like other major weapon systems by applying a systems approach will result in accelerated product development cycles, lowered acquisitions costs, and reductions in overall size, weight and power requirements

  • People are the most critical component of weapon systems. They are also the most costly component

  • «Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP), 1998 »

The blue team multifaceted program designed to maximize the operational capabilities of the soldier as a

Summary multifaceted program designed to maximize the operational capabilities of the soldier as a

  • IT has had a quicker, wider impact than any previous revolution.

  • It has changed the world we live in : communications reduce distances, computers help us to tame Nature.

  • In the world of IT, our methods have changed : we communicate in new, unprecedented ways, we use powerful tools that we have completely integrated. This changes our ways to do business, to educate ourselves, to look at science etc.

  • In the world of IT, the condition of mankind has changed. For the first time in the history of humanity, we see mankind in mechanical terms. What’s more, mankind is becoming more and more machine-like.

  • All this proves that IT is a far, far greater thing than any revolution that happened before.

    The question is : “WHEREDO WE GO FROM HERE?”