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Inevitable Convergence

It’s not a matter of will but when:

New technologies free up time. Instead of driving the car, we can catch up on our reading or do work. Instead of avoiding foreigners, we can have a real conversation with them. Instead of ignoring Shakespeare, we’ll have already downloaded all his plays.

Not surprisingly, technology companies are spearheading these advancements. And while we may lose brain cells by outsourcing our thinking and creativity to robots, we’ll gain new neurons in new areas.

There are billions of people yet to join modernity, particularly as it relates to the Internet. The greater convergence, the more people will have to be literate (at least tech literate) in order to participate.

Inventions flatten the world. But things still take time to spread. When we democratize the tools, we streamline the sharing.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.