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Professor Charles K Kao
chair and chief executive of ITx Services, former vice chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and pioneer in the field of fibre optics in telecommunications

With the rapid happenings of unexpected events, it is a big question as to what the next 18 years will contain. We could all be dead in a conflagration of nuclear bombs or from the effects of global weather changes…

These are terrible problems: how to contain the proliferation of nuclear weapons; how to control the global warming. There really is a desperate urgency to tackle these subjects. Governments should dictate for the common good and pass tough unpopular laws to control the substances that are the root cause of global climate changes. Governments should have fewer self-interests in power. Human nature, however, being what it is, we may well see the end of the humans species in the not so distant future.

As for the telecommunication field, the internet may either hasten or delay this prophecy. It has opened access to information to the common man like no other media before its advent. It has opened a floodgate of opportunities for uses that may not be condoned by the common man. How is it to be policed and should it be policed?

Charles Kao is author of books including A Choice Fulfilled: The Business of High Technology (buy this book from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)), and Optical Fibre Systems: Technology, Design and Application (buy this book from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)).

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