“I’m a big fan of Bitcoin. . . . Regulation of money supply needs to be depoliticized.”
—Al Gore, Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
[T]hese types of innovations [such as Bitcoin] may pose risks related to law enforcement and supervisory matters, there are also areas in which they may hold long-term promise, particularly if the innovations promote a faster, more secure and more efficient payment system.
—Ben Bernanke, in a letter to the chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, November 12, 2013
In the fall of 2013, tech industry observer, blogger, and cloud computing advocate Robert Scoble and his coauthor Sal Israel published their book The Age of Context. Exposed to almost every Next New Thing from the minds of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, think tanks, and enterprise-scale tech firms, Scoble in particular has had a front row seat to what’s possible coming from the Valley, New York, Austin, Seattle, Boston, and other innovation hubs. Based on that exposure and their own experience, the authors identified five technologies, the union of which they believe will fundamentally change how we live, interact, market, sell, and navigate through our daily and transactional lives.
The five technologies are: