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Drew Lanza   1/12/2012 9:18:20 PM
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Brian: Lots of good points. But, as you and I have discussed many times, I think we're just now at the midpoint of the information information revolution. Much as the Roman (Persian?) roads signaled the midpoint of the agricultural revolution and the Model T ford the midpoint of the industrial revolution, so the iPhone (Blackberry, Android) heralds that we've crossed the midpoint of the information revolution and are sliding into the next twenty or thirty years of it until the biological revolution takes hold. The thing about the second half of these revolutions is that technology (roads, steel, silicon), as you say, becomes mundane enough that it impacts the vast citizenry. We shift from a way of life that is less focused on technology development than it is on consumerism. The mass production of the Model T Ford leads rather directly to suburbanization and the disintegration of the nuclear family - blame Henry Ford for the high divorce rate! Who could have foreseen that? I think we're entering a decade of mass virtualization of the real world onto the Internet. And somewhere in that contiguity of the Internet of Things and the Semantic Web our world changes forever. I do not know if all of this is a good thing or a bad thing. I'm from an older generation and it is easy for me to unplug. My adult children, not nearly so much. But there's no escaping it. I think a compelling argument has already been made that those who can best utilize this technology will outstrip their peers. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer at times like these. I think the flaw in human evolution that ultimately takes us into the biological revolution is our inability to multi task well. As knowledge doubles every year and as more and more of the real world becomes ubiquitously, virtually available 24/7 via the Internet we will have to find a way to deal with all of this. Thank you, God, for these opposable thumbs!

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WKetel   1/14/2012 10:56:33 PM
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Unfortunately it is not really an information revolution. It is a DATA revolution, and to have much value the data must be first condensed into knowledge, which then must be interpreted to gain insite and understanding, which are what do have a lot of value.

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laura.robison   1/13/2012 1:13:54 AM
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Reading Super Sad True Love Story gives a glimpse into what our world could look like in 40-ish years. Certainly made me check myself a little, making an effort to scale back the constant updating/emailing/IMing/facebooking.

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justin henry   1/13/2012 8:17:22 AM
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nicolas.mokhoff   1/13/2012 2:26:58 PM
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We were made to talk to each other, not thumb at each other. SO I agree that we are in the beginning of a social era and walking on all fours grunting sounds, throwing "like" switches and making remote videos our communications of choice. When technology progresses so that speech recognition with machines becomes natural in ANY language and machines will talk back with human-like voice qualities with INTELLIGENCE, life will become much simpler. Apple's Siri and Intel's Nikiski based on Windows 8 are baby steps for the upcoming "talk as a you walk" era.

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kooshwa   1/13/2012 2:37:00 PM
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two things stand out: 1. SNAP...IT'S GOING DOWN! there is no turning back. 2.Software may provide the filters we will need to focus on preset criteria, discern what is "critical" as "multi tasking" 24/7!

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nicolas.mokhoff   1/13/2012 5:04:06 PM
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There IS no turning back, and marimba ring tones have displaced the serene in all of us: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/new-york-philharmonic-interrupted-by-chimes-mahler-never-intended/?scp=1&sq=mahler&st=cse

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Anonymouse1234567891011121314151617181920   1/13/2012 9:23:07 PM
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We are the Borg...resistance if futile...like us on Facebook. No thanks. We have reached a point where we simply do not need or want a lot of the so called innovations. 3D TV? I can't stand every movie being in 3D why would I want everything on my TV to be that way?

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Brian Fuller2   1/13/2012 10:41:48 PM
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@drewlanza, so fantastic to see your name! (Which reminds me to have lunch with you this year!).... outstanding points. I think as humans we always struggle with evolution. I would much prefer the Drew Lanza across the table than the Drew Lanza on FB, Twitter or wherever, although, that Drew Lanza has value too. I like to think that the human connection will never be severed, but around the holidays it's unsettling to see a roomful of 20-somethings (cousins, brothers, sisters) hunched over their laptops or mobile phones connecting somewhere outside of the room. To Nic's point: there is no turning back.

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Neo10   1/14/2012 3:12:36 AM
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We are going digital, dissolving into bits of information into the virtual world from which we seek everlasting happiness and eternalism.

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Smith Bill   1/14/2012 9:36:51 AM
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old account Frank Eory   1/14/2012 10:44:47 PM
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Brian, I agree that our connected mobile devices do feed the addictive, compulsive and impulsive aspects of our personalities. These devices are indeed here to stay, so the solution is psychological, not technological. Self-discipline, time management, interpersonal communication skill development, etc. Every person has a need to unplug on a regular basis, for varying periods of time, and the situational context affects that need. The key, of course, is balance. When a college student sacrifices getting needed sleep and fails an exam because he was Facebooking with his friends all night, that is clearly an imbalance. Likewise, a business executive on vacation, sitting on the beach with his wife and his smartphone, checking and replying to every work email as it comes in, has lost his sense of balance. But balance works both ways. In many aspects of life, especially work, we need these devices and this connectivity in order to remain productive and competitive. It is likely that it is quite unacceptable, for example, for that business executive to completely unplug for 2 weeks of vacation, never answering a single email or text message, no matter how urgent, during that entire period. Just as we all strike our own work/personal life balance, we must also strike a connected/unconnected balance in both our work lives and our personal lives. Extremes at either end of the spectrum have costs.

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tastas   1/17/2012 4:35:41 PM
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Brian. As a relatively recent owner of an ipad I found it has totally changed my life and quite to the contrary has allowed me more pause and reflection. I use it as personal journal where I can record everything from inspirations and goals to precious moments in my life. I can easily take the time to 'hero worship' by reading tweets from people that inspire me (follow me for inspiring quotes tasctasctasc). Best of all I can do all these anywhere! One person that has really inspired me to take moments out of this crazy information age and focus on what's really important is Robin Sharma. Watch his video at: http://www.robinsharma.com/winning-in-the-new-year/

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/18/2012 6:47:44 AM
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With everything happening at a click of a mouse we are left with a lot of time to pause and reflect and think! But there is hardly anything left to think because for every thought, every doubt, every query that comes to our mind there is always something available a click or two away to quench that curiosity, that confusion, that urge to express, that urge to see, that urge to listen!

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phoenixdave   1/18/2012 11:56:39 AM
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I would suggest that the "portability" of the internet has fundamentally changed society. The internet was a wonderful resource, but was constrained by the access terminals (desktop computers) and availability of access outside the immediate area. The ability to essentially "bring the internet with you" wherever you go, enabled by more portable laptops, smart devices and high speed wireless networks, changes the way we interact as a society. Walk through a shopping mall and look at what people are doing. Many will be immersed in their internet world or communicating with a distant "someone". Watching a table full of teenagers (or even sometimes adults) at a food court, interfacing with the outside world instead of the people right next to them, is truly amazing.

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Milk Cow   2/18/2013 2:26:59 AM
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Brian. As a relatively recent owner of an ipad I found it has totally changed my life and quite to the contrary has allowed me more pause and reflection. I use it as personal journal where I can record everything from inspirations and goals to precious moments in my life. I can easily take the time to 'hero worship' by reading tweets from people that inspire me (follow me for inspiring quotes tasctasctasc). Best of all I can do all these anywhere!

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Milk Cow   2/18/2013 2:47:46 AM
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That's amazing, You are Superman, aren't you ?

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Milk Cow   2/18/2013 2:49:31 AM
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That's amazing, You are Superman, aren't you ?

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Milk Cow   2/18/2013 2:50:31 AM
We are going digital, dissolving into bits of information into the virtual world from which we seek everlasting happiness and eternalism.

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