I had an analogue childhood. Growing up, I played block catching, got dirty in sandy playgrounds and wrote study notes using a pen and paper. The first piece of technology I ever used was a compact disc music player. The song would skip every time I accidentally nudged and it only played when I had it in a horizontal position.
In less than a generation, we’ve gone from music players that had to be treated with care to a streaming platform that holds tens of millions of songs in the cloud. The speed of human progress is startling. Yet, futurists tell us that there’s still a lot more that we can accomplish.
We’ve interviewed three of them in this issue – great minds who think a lot about the future of humanity and what the next big thing is. One says human augmentation while another predicts that immortality is an eventuality. You decide. At the same time, we pay homage to technology companies doing great things in our inaugural Tech Laureates Awards. These firms have, without any hyperbole, created great innovations that will shape society for years, if not decades, to come.
The future is indeed exciting.
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