The Cisco Teleprecense Effect

As I was talking to my inlaw yesterday about the Cisco Teleprecense, and as I was joking about it, I realized it’s seriously bringing a whole new dimension of problems to Kuwait. Imagine this. Every holiday season big fights arise about banning celebrities from coming to Kuwait. Kuwait has authority to ban them from coming. But what if I use Teleprecense for virtual live show? Now the singer technically didn’t come to Kuwait, so what are you going to do about it?

But let’s be frank here, no matter how good, people like to see celebrities in flesh and blood. There is however another thing similar and more serious. Some popular Islamic figure have caused recently big debates about coming to Kuwait, and how they should be banned. Away from politics and religion, now what if those banned people start giving their Islamic lectures through this teleprecense, and there is no law against it. There is no law that says you cannot download and listen to this lecture, and this is just a very advanced video version of it.

New laws need to be in place that controls and governs those areas, and clarifies them. I’m not suggesting here to ban or fight this wonderful technology, not at all. But such new game changing technologies should have clear laws governing them, otherwise we will end up with same Bashar & Jassem jailing story for a comment on their site, as they were mistreated like a published newspaper. Or when it’s too late, MOC will come up with similar law to VoIP, saying this is a crime!

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  • MacaholiQ8

    Actually I have seen something quite similar here in Kuwait but it wasn’t Live feed rather than just a semi-3D projection on a mesh curtain. That was on the grand opening of Al-Ghanim BMW hall in Hilton hotel, Mangaf.

    Funny that you have come to mention this and how it would impact in our society… This technology will certainly cost a fortune making it less obtainable for small groups/companies/political parties, and high speed connections which we lack here in Kuwait.

    As for legal actions against misuse I don’t think there’s a definite way of stopping it.

    I say let’s all stick to Podcasts. ;p

  • Bashar

    MacaholiQ8: Interesting. Never heard of the BMW.

    I’m just foreseeing typical problems. You know we still only have 2 vague silly laws maybe against cyber crime. And we’re all trusting our money online.

  • Marzouq

    I just think that they are wasting their time banning performance artists. Kuwait used to be the hub of musical talent in the middle east, but thanks to these extremists we lost that and we lost a huge source of entertainment. There was a time when we used to look forward to Hala February, but now its just a joke.

    Regarding Cisco technology, its a great thing but I seriously hate Cisco middle east as they are all a bunch of sleazy bastards. From my experience.

  • Bashar

    Marzouq: I can agree on the extremist bringing us backward, though I never tasted the musical events before to compare.

    CISCO Middle-east. I thought this is the case with everything middle-east. You should see Oracle… Everything with Middle-east sucks unfortunately.

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