Not to mention climate change. Im sure it wont be long before environmental scientists start to publicly announce just how damaging such volcanic ash clouds really are to the worlds atmosphere. Put them on top of the damage that humankinds industry, greed and proliferation has done to our precious breathing air, and the picture cannot be pretty.
During the next few years, Gartner expects to see video-conferencing solutions installed in conference centres, hotels and other shared facilities, enabling users to rent time, rather than purchasing the systems outright.
There is always a flipside to disaster; thats the Yin and Yang of life. Every negative generates some form of positive.
Mankind has always been forced to adapt and innovate when the unfathomable tragedies strike.
Who knows what other technologies will receive a boost from the volcanic ash crisis of April 2010?
Ross O. Storey, currently the Managing Editor of Fairfax Business Media Asia, is responsible for the editorial content and production of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines.
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