Consider the “impact” of cell phones on the authors’ examples: Congolese fisher women

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1.“But being ‘connected’ will mean very different things to different people, largely because the problems they have to solve differ so dramatically. . . .being connected makes us feel more equal. . .while significant differences persist in the physical world. Connectivity will not solve income inequality, though it will alleviate some of its more intractable causes, like lack of available education and economic opportunity.”

Explore the implications of the last comment. . .how are education and opportunity alleviated by connectivity?

2. ◦Consider the “impact” of cell phones on the authors’ examples:

◦Congolese fisherwomen

◦Maasai cattle herder

◦In the enthusiasm of seeing these groups “enlarge their businesses, make them more efficient and maximize their profits” did the authors miss any potential complications? What might those be?

3. Regarding data about health, economics, and education that will be widely available to governments, Amazon, and illicit markets, etc., is there a point where this capability seems undesirable?

<link is hidden> 3d printing ability for parts, devices, and products at all levels of manufacturing, which applications seem most convincing as the authors present them? Which uses have they not included?

5. Everyday issues taken care of by connectivity:

◦Clothing sorting, cleaning, outfit suggestions

◦Precision haircuts

◦Wireless recharging anywhere

◦Memory systems, calendars, to-do lists

◦Auto presentation/file/homework archive

◦Hologram attendance

◦AI home robots, social robots, thought-controlled robot surrogates

◦Voice and gesture recognition

◦WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF TWO of the items in the above list?

6. Observations;

◦“As fewer jobs require physical presence, talented individuals will have more options available to them.”

◦“This leveling of the playing field for talent extends to the world of ideas, and innovation will increasingly come from the margins, outside traditional bastions of growth. . .”

◦Address the logistics, convenience, and pay-day for ‘employees’ who never have to show up. . .

<link is hidden> the advantages the authors claim will exist for students in the poorest countries—both those with and without electricity. What curriculum/whose curriculum will be adequate?

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Select ONE of these areas and discuss possible issues that the authors may have omitted.

9.“Of course, there will always be the super-wealthy people whose access to technology will be even greater. . . .While there will remain significant differences between us, more opportunities to interact and better policy can help blur the edges.”

◦To what extent are these last comments both positive and negative?

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