Do you remember the first time you used a touch screen or saw someone play Nintendo Wii or employ another motion-controlled device? These technologies revolutionized how we physically interact with the digital world. Augmented reality tends to sneak up on you.
Despite the rapid advances in telepresence and distributed working tools, people still brave traffic and go to the office. Business travel is on the rise as people congregate for meetings and conferences. Attendees pay $7,500 for tickets to TED talks when the content is all posted free of charge on their website.
The regional effect of technological advancement and globalization is a widely studied and hotly contested topic. Thomas Friedman’s renowned book, The World is Flat, argues that globalization and technological advancement have leveled the playing field in terms of commerce—that location is less and less important.
We now have technology that can help us to “see” the incredible diversity that surrounds us and recognize opportunities for serendipity. The drawback of these technological amplifiers, however, is that they tend to reinforce the types of people we already know, which can limit the impact of true serendipity.