Sitting here on the campus at Chatham this afternoon, discussing technology and education, I'm reminded of a piece I wrote for The Observer newspaper almost exactly nine years ago.
'Welcome to the aftermath of the old economy. In the race between Europe's new 'just-in-time, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week' super-states, we are in danger of losing our ability to manage the expectations of an increasingly wired society. Technology can help fulfil our ambitions, but it doesn't do much for people who can't afford ambition.'
In almost a decade, a great deal has changed in terms of universal access to the tools of the information economy but the results are not perhaps quite what we expected.
Something to think about on my motorcycle on the way home!