Posted by: camillle17 | November 22, 2011

When I get old

To finish this series of posts about the future, I’m going to try to imagine myself in 2050, which is not easy, because I will be 60 ! To begin, here is a little preview of what I may look like… (beautiful, isn’t it ?)

Apart from that, I really hope that I will have achieved what is my view of an interesting life : I would like to have travelled a lot, seen a lot of different countries, met interesting people, had a fulfilling carreer in a publishing house and hopefully still be close to my closest friends (very original, isn’t it ?). But there is something I already know since a 2010 : I won’t be retired yet ! Too bad !

Posted by: camillle17 | November 22, 2011

How the world will look like in 2050

When people imagine the future of our world, it’s not always a very optimistic point of view… The many problems that our world has to face make people worry and imagine the worst. Nowadays, it’s all about financial crisis, global warming, hunger, exhaustion of natural resources and energy suplies… The world as it goes now seems it’s going to end in disaster and it would be easy to make a long list of all the things going wrong in the future. In litterature, for example, it is common to find these kind of visions : in Ravage from Barjavel, or the Road from Cormac Mc Carthy, which are both very greats novels that I highly recommend for you to read !

However, as my aim is not to get you depressed, I’m going to focus only on the bright side of the things and try to imagine all the things that may have got better in 2050, assuming that some good trends that are developping today will expand.

About environment. As we’ve recently realized that the environment needs to be protected, and that measures have juste been taken since a few years, these measures will have been efficient within fifty years and that we’ll have found a balance that allows us to live without damaging the planet. Here is an article about how to contribute to protect the environment in your own little way.

About hunger. You may have heard about it : since a few weeks, we are now more than 7 billion people sharing the planet. This is mainly worrying about the food resources, because there are still millions of people starving in the world and exprts wonder how it’s going to be possible to feed everyone in the future. However, I think that many countries haven’t achieved their demographic transition, but we can hope that countries, as they are developping, will at the same time stabilize in terms of population, and then that the global population will grow more slowly in the future.

About politics. With the development of new technologies and of the Internet, we can hope for a bigger transparency of information. Thanks to the Internet, the media may play more and more their part of fourth power. What has happened lately with the Spring Revolution in the Arab countries can give us hope for this, and we see the power of the Internet developping in other parts of the world, such as China for example, to protest when the governement abuses of its power.

And you, how do you think our future will be like ?

If you’re interested by the issue, a book has been writen by Lauwrence C. Smith, a geography professor : The World in 2050.

Posted by: camillle17 | November 22, 2011

Digital technologies in the future

Here are two very nice videos I found on what is technology going to look in the future  In my mind these are very realistic visions, the first one for what we may now maybe in 2015 and the second one a few decades later, let’s say in 2050 ! Enjoy !

Posted by: camillle17 | November 17, 2011

When new technologies allow NGOs to provide help during war

You maybe remember that I had talked to you a few weeks ago about how politics prevented people from eating in Somalia.

I read the other day another article about the humanitarian issues in Somalia, and it was about how digital technologies, and essencially Skype and GPS, have become essential for the success of the programs. Indeed, they allow NGO’s to operate from zones that are not too close from the dangerous places. The same methods had been used by the United Nations to provide help in Irak.

A refugees camp at Al Gahain, Somalia

In Somalia, which is currently devastated by famine, GPS are very helpful to build a map representing the moves of families who need help. According to the journalist who had been talking with people working in the NGOs, they work with local people that have access to this kind of information, the only ones who can make contact with a family escaping war and misery after losing their home. It then allows NGOs to draw maps to know where to provide help. Digital technologies are very helpful, but would be useless without the human qualities of these people.

But, there is a but. Indeed, GPS are used to pilote these local people on the field, but being surprised with a GPS in your hand can be very dangerous because it shows to people that you’re working with a foreign organization, what can lead to death, as it happened in Iraq. Besides, supervision from a distance can create more down-to-earth problems, like a logout between NGOs and local workers if there are problems of connexion.

These digital tools are certainly helpful but still to use with a lot of caution.

A map of the humanitarian situation around Somalia

Posted by: camillle17 | November 10, 2011

What I loved about The Artist

The Artist, the recent film by Michel Hazanavicius starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, is a really original movie in the modern cinematographic landscape. This is a black and white silent movie which reminds us of the old times of the cinema. Our generation was never used to see silent movies, and however, the film brillantly succeeds in never boring the viewer.

This is a real pleasure to watch this film first, not only because of the exceptionnal beauty of the images and of the way it’s directed, but also thanks to the brillant couple of actors who illuminates the screen. You can feel in their playing how much they have fun and enjoy to experiment new ways to play in a movie where there is no talking, and in which almost everything must be conveyed by their faces, their bodies and the direction. What I really liked is the mise en abyme that takes place in the movie. Indeed, the screenplay tells the story of George Valentin, a big star of the silent cinema then at the height of his fame. He meets a young unknown woman, Peppy Miller, whose success will grow bigger and bigger, and whose fame explodes when she begins to do talking movies. Meanwhile, George Valentin, silent actor, is totally forgotten by people, and begins a miserable life, drinking and doing nothing except remembering the good old days of his fame. Luckily, Peppy Miller is the inly one who didn’t forget about him…

What’s more, George’s dog is really amazing, so cute and hilarious 😉 By the way, he won the Palme Dog at the Festival de Cannes, rewarding the best dog actor (this is not a joke !).

Posted by: camillle17 | November 10, 2011

The website opens in the USA today

The online site of destocking Vente Privée, which has been created in France ten years ago and has been a big success since then, is opening for the first time in the USA today, in partnership with American Express. The functioning will be the same than in France : the sales are only for members (you become member by being sponsored by one of your friends) and the products can be sold 70% less expensive than their normal price.

Last year, made a benefit of one billion dollars, 80% of which were made in France.

The first sale will be products from the brand Paul & Joe Sister, presented by the website as a “French brand which perfectly illustrates the contemporary parisian chic”.

Thanks to American Express‘s expertise, the website will be able to provide its partner-brands with post-sale analysis of the audience.

Let’s bet the website will work very well in USA too !

Posted by: camillle17 | November 10, 2011

Ten things you need to know to survive on the Internet

As Internet is growing bigger and bigger, users have to be more and more careful when they use it… Here are few advice that you should take in account :

1- You will be very careful about your e-reputation, because anyone can now google you and find information about you on the Internet, and once you put something on the Internet, you can always remove it, it may have been posted everywhere by anyone and doesn’t belong to you anymore !

2- You will not open email from people you don’t know, preferably with an attractive title that makes you curious about what it could be… because it may be to late once you find out your -computer doesn’t work anymore !

3- You won’t believe emails or websites saying that you won the special prize, because what you’ll probably just win is getting your money stolen. Just ignore them and, if you really want to win a lot a money, start playing lottery instead !

4- You’ll be careful about the passwords on each page that can represent you (Facebook, Twitter, your blog). Use complicated passwords that are hard to find and always remember to log out each time you connect from a public computer ! How to create a secure password

5- Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet : remember that anyone can post any piece of information he wants ! Wrong information is very frequent on the Internet. It’s very easy to launch a false rumor, or even to put wrong information on the Web simply by “honnest mistake”.

6- Being on the Internet means being part of a community, so always stay polite and courteous to people, as you would be in real life, because it’s easier to say disrespectful things when hidden behind a screen !

7- On the contrary, just ignore disrepectful persons ! Keep in mind that these trolls often do that on purpose and their deepest desire is to see you answer them ! So just don’t.

8- If you want to be taken seriously, be careful about your orthograph, because reading a text full of mistakes makes you tired really fast and makes you stop reading… And people on the Internet hate that.

9- Don’t spend your whole time on the Internet, cause it’s been proven that it can generate a real and serious addiction.

10- Following these few rules is great, but the better thing to do is still to realize what are the rules to follow by yourself… So explore the Internet, getting to know how it works will be the best way for you to survive in it !

Posted by: camillle17 | November 3, 2011

Internet reliability and advertising

This is a well known fact that we have to be careful about the contents we find on the Internet, because as every person can use it and put what he wants on it, information is always less checked than when the work is done by a professional journalist. The best example of that is Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia with generated content. The objectivity of this content can we questionel when we realize, for example, that when we look for “wikipedia reliability” on Google, the first article we find about this issue is from… Wikipedia ! Not very convincing.

However, apart from information, there seems to be a field in which people trust the Internet more than any other media : when it comes to advertising.

A recent survey of 25 000 consumers from 50 countries made by Nielsen, a company who studies consumers’ behaviors, found that 70 percent of people believe what they read on the internet over opinions found in newspapers, on television, and in magazines. How about you?

Interestingly (though not really surprisingly), the one area that received higher trust ratings than consumer opinions posted online is recommendations from other people, with 90 percent of the respondents saying that they either “completely” or “somewhat” trust information received from people they know.

I must say I totally understand this state of things. For the past years, marketing and avertisement have been growing so fast that we are, at every moment of the day, constantly plagued by dozens and dozens of brands that want to sell us their products. I suppose that, as I am, consumers are sick and tired and don’t believe anymore in ads, which don’t guarantee at all the quality. In the case of information about products that we buy, users of the Internet can indeed turn out to be the most reliable source of information !

Posted by: camillle17 | November 3, 2011

The crisis : a tool for politicians on the verge of elections

The particularly complicated situation that the crisis has created, and especially in Europe lately with the really problematic case of Greece, seems to get politicians panicked : Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel seem like they can’t find any rest these days, trying to save the sinking boat that Europe has been lately.

But to the current French President, crisis is more than just a problem to solve, because the issue will be highly important, not to say decisive, for the results of the french presidential elections in 2012.

The two main candidates, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, are of course very aware of the fact that they’ll have to play everything on this burning issue. Because it seems more and more obvious that French people will give their voices to the most able and trustworthy to resolve economic issues above all…

And if Sarkozy always underlines the lack of experience of François Hollande, the socialist candidate can benefit from the fact that even with Sarkozy (who wants to convey the image of an experienced man), we’re still struggling in the middle of serious financial problems….

Parody of the poster from the movie the Ides of March

Posted by: camillle17 | November 3, 2011

My presentation

If you want to learn a little more about me.. enjoy !

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