Connectivity is King

“Are we getting overwhelmed with an always connected, multi-tasking life style? And is that going to lead to less sophisticated thoughts as we move away from the slower, deeper, contemplative state of reading, for instance? Obviously, I’m a big fan of reading, but I think it’s important to remember that the great driver of scientific innovation and technological innovation has been the historic increase in connectivity, and our ability to reach out and exchange ideas with other people, and to borrow other people’s hunches, and combine them with our hunches, and turn them into something new. That really has, I think, been more than anything else, the primary engine of creativity and innovation over the last six-hundred or seven-hundred years.” – Steven Johnson

 

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