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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Don't Panic about the Digital Revolution

I like to think about the future as having a history, that way we can connect it to other (past) history.  Will we be able to find patterns in each to prepare?

Don’t Panic: The Digital Revolution Isn’t as Unusual as You Think  in Knowledge@wharton
Apr 17, 2019 Books Business Radio Podcasts  North America

Former FCC chair Tom Wheeler discusses his new book, which places the current digital revolution into context with other periods of game-changing innovations.

The digital revolution has dramatically changed life on Earth, making it easy to think we’re living in the greatest time of innovation. But a new book by Tom Wheeler, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is a reminder that remarkable change has happened many times before. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century created upheaval and reorganized everything in society, as did the subsequent inventions of the telegraph, telephone and railroad. From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future is an insightful look at the development of networks, the physical links that bind people together. Wheeler, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently joined the Knowledge@Wharton radio show on SiriusXM to talk about why history often repeats itself. (Listen to the podcast at the top of this page).

An edited transcript of the conversation follows.  .... "

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