CHAPTER 2

Technological Disruption Is Pervasive and Deepening

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.

—Isaac Asimov

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

—Arthur C. Clarke

The ATOM Has Already Enveloped Your Life

If we are to begin to believe that a centuries-old trend of accelerating economic growth is ongoing and about to take us to very high growth rates, we have to take the analysis to a much more personal and precise level. We have to observe and measure how this trend has enveloped your life.

The ubiquitous meme embedded into most discussions of technological progress is Moore’s Law. The iconic observation by the great Gordon Moore of Intel traces its ...

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