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1995: the year the future began

Saturday,  04/04/15  10:27 PM

Netscape, 1995Some people think in terms of the Internet, nothing has happened yet.  Those people are wrong.

"The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning. If we could climb into a time machine and journey 30 years into the future, and from that vantage look back to today, we'd realize that most of the greatest products running the lives of citizens in 2044 were not invented until after 2014."

In terms of a global information exchange platform, we've gone from zero to one.  Anything that happens now is going from 1 to N.  No doubt amazing things will happen – it is quite possible the most influential products of 2044 don’t yet exist.  But going from zero to Google?  Zero to Wikipedia?  Zero to Facebook?  Zero to Amazon?  Those are amazing transformations, qualitative changes in the world.

1995 was the year the future began.  A unique inflection point in human history, quite possibly the most significant ever.  And you were there.  There were people who were the first to sail across the Atlantic, or the first to run a railroad across North America, or the first to fly to Asia.  But we were the first people to use the Internet.  Some of us even helped build it :)

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