Laptop, internet, smartphone: what’s the future big technological epoch? | John Naughton

One of the troubles of creating about technological innovation is how to escape from what the sociologist Michael Mann memorably called “the sociology of the final 5 minutes”. This is primarily complicated when covering the electronic tech marketplace mainly because just one is constantly deluged with ‘new’ things – viral memes, shiny new items or services, Facebook scandals (a weekly staple), protection breaches etc. Modern months, for case in point, have introduced the industry’s enthusiasm for the concept of a “metaverse” (neatly dissected below by Alex Hern), El Salvador’s flirtation with bitcoin, countless stories about central banks and

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