I absolutely agree, Ian. However, the IET specifically forbade me to be at all political!
I would have liked to have said that (all) Governments’ objective since time immemorial has been to maximise economic growth, which is nearly equivalent to maximising consumption. So much has to change in the way our society operates in order to change this, that I’m in awe of the task, and in my blacker moments, I wonder whether we can achieve it in time.
I also worry that we are blindly building dependency on hi-tech. A generation ago with the advent of calculators, we forgot how to do mental arithmetic, and now we’re forgetting how to read maps translate foreign languages etc etc.
If anything ever happens to disrupt hi-tech, I hope I’m in the village in Ghana where we go frequently, as they never assume that hi-tech is going to work!
Don’t get me wrong - I’m not a Luddite about hi-tech - I love gadgets as much as anyone - but I also make sure that I can still do things the old way - just in case…