To read this content please select one of the options below:

Hardware, software, and wetware

Tom P. Abeles (President of Sagacity Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and is also the Editor of On the Horizon.)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 25 September 2009




This paper aims to explore the technology‐driven horizon for education in general and post secondary education in particular.


The paper looks at technology in education.


Rapid changes in information technologies will profoundly change the traditional educational institutions for students, faculty and administration. The system that has stood for basically four centuries, like the dinosaurs at the K‐T catastrophe, will not suffer immediate collapse, but will profoundly change as content, due to the rise of the internet becomes, essentially free.


Educational systems are not immune to the laws of change. Information technologies are sufficiently strong forces that incremental evolution is not an option. This editorial calls for the system to take a serious look at itself and, while the current residents of the system may survive, the institution, itself, must look beyond the present.



Abeles, T.P. (2009), "Hardware, software, and wetware", On the Horizon, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 280-284.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2009, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Related articles