Technology has killed distance. Yet as people become ever more connected, where they are will matter more than ever
ARE WE WITNESSING the “death of distance”? That was the question Frances Cairncross, at the time a senior editor at The Economist, asked in her 1997 book of that title. She concluded:
The death of distance as a determinant of the cost of communications will probably be the single most important force shaping society in the first half of the next century. It will alter, in ways that are only dimly imaginable, decisions about where people work and what kind of work they do, concepts of national borders and sovereignty, and patterns of international trade.
She found it remarkable ...