Interview with Nobuyuki Idei -- "We have to believe that we'll be out of the darkness some day" (page 2)

Interview with Nobuyuki Idei

Apr 9, 2001

Waves of homogenizing

Q: How do you see the world to be changing as a result of the network?

A: Homogenizing is spreading at a tremendous speed. The power is much larger than homogenizing that is brought about by mass production.

Q: Mass production of electronics makers was one pattern of homogenizing in the sense that the goal was to provide hardware at low cost to consumers around the world. How will the network change this?

A: Napster is a good example. The Japanese law prohibits a music file swapping service like Napster. But no matter how strictly the Japanese law prohibits the service, it is impossible to stop the individuals around the world from illegal swapping of music files. This could lead to collapse of the copyright system. Even a country's law could collapse. How a country ought to be or how a company ought to be is now being questioned. No one will know how to deal with such a problem. To date, for example, when the issue was about CD, people from certain industries would gather to address it. This is possible because there is a platform with a physical product. But there is no platform with networks. It's virtual. So, no one knows who to talk with or how to address a certain issue.