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Information revolution

My generation is the last generation who has gone through not only one but three information revolutions. Something that didn't change much in the past couple of thousands of years have gone through some drastic changes over just a few decades.

When I was old enough to read whatever information I would need had to be looked up from books. Just like it had been for ages. Just the availability of those books changed throughout the years from rare private collections of the wealthy to basically every household having a multipart encyclopedia sitting on their bookshelf.

The advent of the information technology and the computer finally changed this status quo. In the early days there were digital encyclopedias that could be accessed with the computer locally. Many of them came on a CD-Rom replacing those heavy books with a light disk.

It didn't take long for this information to become available globally through the network of interconnected computers, the Internet. Still, you could only access it from the fixed positions wherever you could find a computer that was connected to the net.

The final revolution enabled us to access all that information virtually anywhere. We are no longer bound to those fixed access points to this information. Mobile phones allow us to access the information anywhere anytime.

We've had an unique privilege going through this transformation. There is only one more possible step to make our access to the information more direct and ubiquous: either connecting our minds directly to the internet or uploading the information directly to our brains.