Programmable Reality by Venkatesh Rao

Seattle-based Venkatesh Rao is a renowned strategic thinker whose recent clients have included Tesla and Marc Andreessen. He is the founder of the Ribbonfarm blog, the Breaking Smart tech analysis site and the author of 'Tempo', a book on decision-making.

He holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering (2003) from the University of Michigan. Between 2004 and 2006, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University, working on command and control systems. From 2006 to 2011 he was a senior researcher at the Xerox Research Center, Webster (now part of PARC).

Join Venkatesh in this video, as he talks us through what he believes thinking digital to be. Thinking digital is not about using computers more, it's about using clocks less. Human beings have been shaped for 7000 years by the evolution of clocks and in the last 500 years, mechanical clocks have completely transformed our personality. Examples of the relationship between clocks and time, changing once again, would be; television, telephone, watches.

The way Venkatesh interprets Virginia Wolf's idea that human personality changed in 1910, is that we all jumped inside a clock. Around 1910 we all had clocks that covered a city-sized area. Then by 1918, we had the continent-scale standard time, so entire continents were living under…

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