“There will be no living record of the analog age.” – Douglas Coupland

The pace and direction of human evolution in the last 20 years has been founded on the singular force of technology hyper-acceleration. Since 1995, the power of computing has increased over 50 fold while the cost has been reduced to a third, the pace of content creation has increased over 500 times, the availability of content at any given time by 10,000 fold, and the speed of content dissemination by over 3.5 billion times.

Access to modern computing capabilities has grown from under 150 million people, the vast majority in wealthy countries, to over 5 billion people. The cumulative impact of increased power, reduced cost and accelerated access has led to an 85 quintillion-fold increase in 20 years, that is, 85, followed by 18 zeros. This hyper-acceleration has seen technology move from the narrow confines of the largest governments and corporations, to become an integral part of all aspects of human endeavour, across its various manifestations in individual interactions, economic organization, and social structures, and has a had a greater impact on the human condition than the accumulated progress of the 5,000 years of civilization which preceded it.

The convergence of innovation and enterprise that made this unprecedented proliferation of technology possible, however, was marred by an original sin that has, in under a generation, unraveled much of its progress and impact. The first wave of widely available technologies remained a closely guarded and proprietary preserve of innovators and entrepreneurs, who eventually morphed into the corporate colossuses of our time.

Even as these technologies became foundational to the activities of individuals, governments, enterprises, and societies, the pace and direction of innovation became beholden to the commercial interests of a small group of technology companies. This concentration of control within a relatively narrow class of innovators, over what was supposed to be an abundant and widely accessible utility, creates impediments in the way of progress, and the squandering of much of the potential of technology; technology that has the potential to solve the greatest issues facing humanity in the 21st-Century.

Era Futures™ is an eyewitness account of analog’s final chapter, written by a coalition of global leaders who share an unwavering commitment to sustainable economic development, the courage to challenge incumbency and inertia, and a passionate desire to reconstruct the digital economy for the greater good of all of humanity.

Robert Brennan Hart | President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of ERA Futures™

Maryam Ayati | Founder of NEO Holdings

Sophia Fairweather | SheInnovator

Fershteh Forough | Founder of Code2Inspire

Michelle Finnerran-Dennedy | Former Chief Privacy Officer of Cisco, Intel Security and McAfee

John Goldstein | Managing Director of Sustainable Finance at Goldman Sachs

Robert Herjavec | Founder of Herjavec Group

Vasu Jakkal | Corporate Vice President of Compliance, Identity and Security at Microsoft

Danny Lange | Senior Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Unity Technologies

Joshua Mckenty | Co-Founder of OpenStack

Tim Mccreight | Managing Director of Enterprise Security at CP Rail

Bojan Paduh | Founder of Electronic Recycling Association

Shuchi Rana | Chair of Diversity Committee at VentureBeat

Jennifer Schaffer | Deputy Chief Information Officer at Athabasca University

Brian Stewart | Deputy Chief Information Officer at University of Alberta

Rhonda Veterre | Chief Information Officer of Herbalife

Helen Wetherley-Knight | Former Chief Information Officer at Calgary Drop-In Centre

Jim Whitehurst | Former Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat and President of IBM

Edward Wilson-Smythe | Managing Director of Digital Consulting at NTT Data

What side of the digital divide will you be on?

Our emerging generations, the vast majority of whom will build their lives in increasingly crowded, chaotic and competitive cities, are hungering for a clear and common sense of purpose, but can we offer them one?

From ecological exigency, to ongoing and intolerable community inequality, to a sense of rapidly eroding trust in an ever-connected world, we have reached a critical point in human history; a state of emergency that requires a profound shift towards more meaningful dialogue in order to overcome.

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