Chapter 2

Technology: Powering the Future of Work

During the gold rush of 1848, several hundred thousand people descended on California. Half of them came by sea, a journey that took five to eight months, and the rest came by land, crossing mountains and rivers in horse-drawn wagons. When railroads were built some twenty years later, the treacherous trip was cut to about seven days. When I went west, more than a hundred years later, during a different rush—one that mined silicon instead of gold—my family boarded an airplane and reached our destination in just five hours.

Technology. You have to love it. Today, no one would think of traveling across the country in a covered wagon, or even by railroad, when aviation allows us to fly at a fraction ...

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