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Augmented-Life in the Smart Lane by Brett King

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Chapter 1

The History of Technology Disruption

“Every generation likes to think it is improving on the last, that progress is inevitable… But the truth is,… History has a way of repeating itself. It’s just most people don’t live long enough to see it happen.”

Forever, Season 1, Episode 5, 2014

I wasn’t there to see it but I imagine that the invention of the wheel was a pretty big deal at the time. As with every major invention since though, I’m also fairly sure that there was a priest, shaman, village elder, local trader or town official who cautioned why the wheel was bad for the town, how it was going to destroy jobs and lead to disasters of possibly apocalyptic proportions. History teaches us that technology is incredibly disruptive. Despite ...

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