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Ed Schipul discusses the emergence of mobile devices and what kind of cultural impact they have made on our society.

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The second thing I want to talk about is
this little device here. If I went back

fifty thousand years, in the book Guns, Germs, and Steel they refer to it as the

Great Leap Forward, it's when we emerged
and started becoming humans.

If I'm about 50,000 years all of us will be
carrying two things, you have two things

on you. You would have something of value, we call
that money. Except back then it would

probably be seeds or arrowheads, but
something of value that I could then

trade with somebody else. The more
portable the better, but I'd have had

something of value. The second thing I
would always have going about 50,000

years, is that I would have a method of
accessing something of value. I would

have a hiding place or I would have a key.
So we went 50,000 years and

that's all we had, sure the warriors
would have weapons and the farmer might

have a particular tool but all of us
would have those two things from an

anthropology perspective and then
bam in the 1990s, what happened? We're

now required to carry these devices, aren't we?
In fact, you got that one friend who

always leaves it off, and then they turn
it on a Friday night because now they want to

reach you. And you hate them for that crap?
Because you can't get to them when you

need them, they've opted out of the
social contract, but we have had no time to

adapt to these devices.

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