DAVOS on Global Warming and Virtual Worlds

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World_economic_forum Fortune’s David Kirkpatrick does a piece in CNN Money on the buzz and discussion at the recent Davos event in Switzerland. The line up and other thorough and engaging summaries can be found here.

Panelists and attendees discussed a wide range of issues, including: “what is dignity?,” world trade, climate change, action to resolve the Middle East crisis, new models needed for global healthcare, relinguishing control of web content, how web 2.0 will moud the future, balancing the need for security with the need for privacy, the new era of petropolitics, the fight against terrorism, uniting for stability in Iraq, and a first life perspective on avatars and the virtual world.

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Taken from World Economic Forum website

We learn about Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who was on stage asserting that global warming doesn’t much matter, that Al Gore deliberately omitted contradictory information from his movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” and that the world would be better off using money it is spending to comply with the Kyoto Protocol to improve water supplies.

He ran into Vinod Khosla, an entrepreneur and VC who invests in clean-energy start-ups, who many of us know in Silicon Valley. His response on what he thought of Brabeck-Letmathe’s comments: “He should see his proctologist to find his head……and you can quote me.”

Kirkpatrick writes on Brabeck-Letmathe’s ill-considered remarks, “they were especially noteworthy because the 2,500 attendees – including corporate chieftains -seemed to have reached near-universal consensus that global warming is real and businesses and governments must thus change their behavior.”

And on technology discussions, apparently last year’s focus was on voice net and game learning — this year, they talked about social networking and the move towards 3D functionality.

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