Peer Integration

Any really pervasive technology sooner or later integrates into the very fabric of our lives until we no longer really see it. A time-travel visitor from a century or two ago (in some cases, only decades ago), would marvel at some of the profound revolutions that we take for granted, even when they have drastically transformed our everyday environment. To gain some appreciation of this, it’s enough to just look at some decades-old film and consciously enumerate all the things that are totally missing.

Some of these now-pervasive technologies have already been mentioned: telephony and the cellular handset, or the Internet and its services (Web and e-mail). Others have more been implied: the PC revolution, or computers at all ...

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