THE past decade has seen the smartphone become a portal for managing daily life. Consumers use their pocket computers to bank, buy and befriend.
NO WONDER they are called “patients”. When people enter the health-care systems of rich countries, they know what they will get: prodding doctors, endless tests, baffling jargon, rising costs and long waits.
YOU have multiple jobs, whether you know it or not. Most begin first thing in the morning, when you pick up your phone and begin generating the data that make up Silicon Valley’s most important resource.
AMAZON HAS A new service that makes Google Fiber seem slow. And it rides on 18 wheels. Yes, today’s speediest internet connections make it faster to download movies than to go to the store and buy them.
For thousands of years humans believed that authority came from the gods. Then, during the modern era, humanism gradually shifted authority from deities to people. Humanist thinkers such as Rousseau convinced us that our own feelings and desires were the ultimate source of meaning, and that our free will was, therefore, the highest authority of […]