01. Look What We Can Do

At the ripe old age of 15, the Web has already changed human society so profoundly that historians have begun comparing the Internet Age with the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. The Web has connected nearly a billion people. With that many brains as its motivating force, the transformation forged by the Internet has morphed from quantitative to qualitative: The power of the collective “we” is nearly unfathomable. Each of those brains has some 10 billion neurons linked to one another through about 10,000 synapses. Now all that individual brainpower is tied together and amplified by the power of technology: The new and potent “we” is far smarter than any singular “me.” For the first time, humans can act in mass ...

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