In This Chapter
This is a book about the future of the Web.
For most of human history, it has proven difficult to speculate about the future. Only since the Industrial Revolution have we gotten a grasp of what it might mean to predict things years in advance. Aside from the promise of flying cars that occurred every decade in the 1900s, the future of technological change was often about predictable refinement.
We can imagine that few people considered ambitious futures in the Middle Ages, and only in the 1900s did people begin to see an optimistic nearness: The future ...