Steve Dotto Tells BCNET Crowd: Get Engaged or Get Left Behind

By Jana Makar, Communications Director, Calgary

I, along with a couple hundred other attendees at the BCNET Conference, started the morning with a few good laughs and some tech evolution insights courtesy of Steve Dotto, former host and Executive Producer of Dotto Tech. Dotto was the first keynote speaker of the two-day conference. His tech-based presentation covered lifestyle, generational issues, Web 2.0 and disruptive technology, Internet engagement, and outsourcing.

One item Dotto led with was a very recent example of how technology has impacted our lives. He explained how he was watching a ballgame when the death of Osama bin Laden was announced. The power of technology (i.e. texting, Twitter, etc) had enabled that news to "virally expand" across the stadium, and very shortly people in the stands were chanting, "USA, USA…"

He continued on to say technology, more specifically the internet, is evolving and, "If we don't engage in technology, we become road kill on the information super highway." He explained people need to respect change and the inevitableness of technological advancement in order to keep up and stay relevant. "The internet is not a thing. It's a place where our society resides," he said.

According to Dotto, the communication and relationships taking place via the Internet are not as artificial as some people make them out to be. It's another form of interpersonal and social interaction, behaviours which represent "what we are as a species… what we live for." He admits he thinks there are legitimate concerns with Web 2.0, but most of these concerns have been around for as long as we have been a society. As an example here, he also talks about a situation where a 17-year-old boy posted an incriminating video of himself online. Like everywhere else, "we need to be responsible as a community" and help this boy make better decisions. If we understand the process of technology, then we can begin to trust it.

What do you think about technology —€” is it possible to remain relevant without it?