How does this era in innovation measure up?

Never have people had so much access to so much information.
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Walt Mossberg: There is a conventional wisdom kind of idea that this is the greatest period of technological change in history. And certainly by some measures, there have been immense changes that are hard to imagine having been matched in the past.

As we said earlier in this interview, I don’t know that there’s been a period of time when people have so rapidly gained access to so much information. But there have been other big eras where technology changed very fast. The beginning of the last century when the automobile, the airplane, the telegraph--all these things came along very quickly. The telephone.

Even further back in history, various developments in medicine, and sanitation, and other things that really had huge outcomes in the way people lived and worked. And what gets me up every morning is that I am living in one of those periods. It doesn’t matter to me that it’s the biggest or the fastest or whatever. It’s one of those periods of amazing technological change.

 

Recorded on: Sep 13, 2007