Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Australia: this is Scotland calling
Sometimes you get so used to the advances in technology that you take it all for granted. And other times, you just sit and wonder how on earth we got to where we are. Like this morning. There I was, sitting in the Scottish Parliament with some other members of the Public Petitions Committee, having a live meeting with MPs from Australia's House of Representatives. It all felt perfectly normal until I had that "wow" moment when I realised we were sitting in Edinburgh, they were half way round the world in Canberra, it was breakfast time for us and dinner time for them and we were chatting easily to one another via a live video link up. And despite not having a clue who pioneered video conferencing, I even decided we in Scotland could take the credit. After all if it hadn't been for John Logie Baird inventing the TV, we'd have had to have had that meeting by telephone - oh, another Scottish invention! Anyway, it does us no harm sometimes to stop and appreciate advances in technology and to look at how far we've come in such a short space of time.
Posted by Indygal at 09:59