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The future belongs to neither the conduit or content players, but those who control the filtering, searching and sense-making tools we will rely on to navigate through the expanses of cyberspace.

Paul Saffo
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90 percent of the data that now exists in the world has been created in just the last two years. From now until 2020, the digital universe is expected to double every two years. (link)

We’re getting close to knowing everything, being one touch away from Google and Wolfram Alpha.  The future portends mass knowledge but learning ignorance.

Computers are also data mining everything about us based on our online behavior, creating a tool that accurately predicts what things we should do and eat next.  

Serendipity, wonder, uncertainty:  these are the things that make life exciting.  I don’t want to know 100% what I’m doing next.  Automation is anti-human.  

The next significant human movement should fight predictive technology, especially as the government follows our every move

Man, always an animal with brains, never a machine.    

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