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The shape of the next revolution :

I am currently growing up (coming of age) in the middle of the microcomputer revolution. They keep getting faster. And they keep getting better.

There will be another technological revolution in my lifetime.

I don’t know what it will be, or what shape it will take. I know without a doubt it will be communications based. And it will change the entire world in a single generation just as the microcomputer revolution is changing the world in a single generation right now.

The new “communications revolution” will be more significant than radio, the telephone, television and the microcomputer. Combined. Every computer connected. Every person on Earth able to communicate with anyone else. Every piece of information — text, video, audio, software — instantly available to you.

I will watch this revolution when I am forty or fifty, and I will be in awe at its power of change.

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