♦   4   ♦If Change Is Always the Answer, What Are the Questions?

Technology Seeks Society’s Forgiveness, Not Permission

A key difference between today’s and past transformations is that technological evolution has become much faster than the existing regulatory, legal, and political framework’s ability to assimilate and respond to it. To rephrase an earlier point, it’s a Moore’s Law world; we just live in it.

Disruptive technology isn’t entirely new. Back in the days of the robber barons, the ruthless capitalists of the early United States built railroads without seeking political permission. And, more recently, in the personal-computer revolution, company employees brought their own computers to work without telling their I.T. departments. What ...

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