I just read this TIME magazine brainy kid roundtable chat over lunch and really enjoyed it. Tim O’Reilly, Mark Dery, Moby (!), Esther Dyson, David Brooks, Clay Shirky and Malcolm Gladwell all opine and argue over the shape of the future and what’s significant.
I agree with Tim’s comment that this idea is particularly interesting:
GLADWELL: One of the most striking things in observing the evolution of American society is the rise of travel. If I had to name a single thing that has transformed our life, I would say the rise of JetBlue and Southwest Airlines. They have allowed us all to construct new geographical identities for ourselves. Many working people today travel who never could have in the past, for meetings and conferences and all kinds of things, and this is creating another identity for them.
I’m also really struck by Gladwell’s counter-CW claim that the whole evolution vs. intelligent design debate, uh, doesn’t really matter very much. Some of his co-panelists try to argue that ceding any ground to I.D. will, you know, undermine the next generation of American scientists… but Gladwell comes back with: “Dude, the kids can just google ‘evolution’ for themselves.” Nice.