How We've Become Digital

It's been like a wild ride on a runaway train. Ten dizzying decades that revolutionized business, communications, entertainment and the way we live.

Just how we got here so fast--from Marconi's first tentative radio transmission to live photos of Mars broadcast over the Internet--is a story experts are still struggling to make sense of. In hindsight, what appears to have happened is that several diverse forms of communications and information processing, each following its own technological track, emerged from stuttering starts, built up speed and then converged suddenly into a kind of Grand Central Terminal known as the World Wide...

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