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Assumption: Technology makes it possible for us to do more. Conclusion (of the business titans driving the techno-revolution): to fulfill our human mission, we must go, go, go!

The mystic G.I. Gurdjieff philosophized that man in his normal, unenlightened state is essentially sleepwalking. Modern man, today's geeky gurus contend, is basically sleepwalking if he isn't multitasking. The newest innovations show that we can — and therefore must — be online while watching TV; be e-mail-ready while driving the car; be taking calls while ascending Mount Everest. Most evenings my 12-year-old son does his homework on the computer while instant messaging friends and...

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