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Digital futures for Australian culture: obituary for Brian Johns AO (1936-2016) : Comments

By Terry Flew, published 1/1/2016

For Brian, the biggest risk was not presented by new technologies themselves, but by failing to respond to their radical changes they were bringing to these industries and professions.

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Brian sounds very much like a man many would have liked to know, and if they did would probably like him for many reasons.

As you say Terry, he will be missed, but more so if we fail to honor the legacy of this visionary Australian.

We of all nations have our only possible viable future in advanced technologies/high tech energy dependant manufacture; and the only way we can compete with the emerging economies, for our piece of the pie.

Digital covers many things, including super secure quantum computing.

We only honor this man's memory and his legacy, by rising above the crowd, to be the best we can be, rather than settling for a second class future based almost exclusively on fickle service industries,(the plan) and the very first to go in any downturn!

And given the economic model we are welded to, along with entirely unnecessary foreign capital and consequent growing record foreign debt.

All the more reason to honor this truly egalitarian man's vision and legacy.

We have many strengths, including leading the world in microbiology and molded carbon fibre production.

We have located a significant deposit of graphene, the world's strongest substance and invaluable in the advance of a digital future, inclusive of potential battery technology, solar panels and ceramic fuel cells that outperform the best of the rest by 10x.

Honor this fair dinkum Aussie by embracing the very things he stood for; and the very best Australia we can be!
Posted by Rhrosty, Saturday, 2 January 2016 8:16:18 AM
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