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Life Flips

The Internet has created many flips for how we, as individuals interact with the world.  Let’s think about a couple of them. 50 years ago, 1970. It was very hard for any individual to find and speak to an audience of like-minded people. Today, social media makes that incredibly easy. Equally, in 1970 if you wanted to live a private life, you could. But today, it’s very hard to be ‘private’ and if you strive to do so, you are seen as a bit of a weirdo. Going back further, factories had their own electricity generators in the basement, until they got on the grid. More recently, companies had their own servers in the basement until the cloud came along and made that an expensive, dumb and poor idea. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong but these ‘flips’ happen without us really seeing it.   Another one is the ‘Negroponte Switch’.  Nicolas Negroponte predicted, in the 80s that TV, which came through the air, and phones, which came through wires would flip. He was right …