Link every town by video

Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world. 
This week Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel argues that we should use technology to create global conversations.

“My idea is to use new technology to create a platform for global, public discourse.

Imagine something like this. We create tiled, interactive, wallpaper televisions that can be projected on to every surface to create a wall of images – let’s say a vision in every public square in very town an city around the world, so that groups of participants from dozens of countries can engage together in real time and see one another engage in serious public discourse on big questions.

[Those should] include controversial questions to do with justice, equality and inequality, the role of markets, the meaning of the common good. But to do this across cultures and national boundaries.

So the idea is to replicate the old idea of the town square but using real-time video linked technology to do it. ”

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