2011: A technology inflection point, five years later

2011 was a historic year for a number of reasons, most notably for the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street protest movements. However, 2011 will also be remembered outside of politics for its new technology, given how these developments have changed society over the past five years alone.Apple introduced the world to Siri, a voice-activated digital assistant available on iPhones that could answer questions and take notes. 2011 was also the year that Uber expanded outside the San Francisco area, reaching other large cities in the U.S. and abroad. Finally, 2011 began the latest debate on whether robots and artificial intelligence could displace a significant number of workers. This combination of trends has already made a large impact in five years, and that impact is only likely to grow in…


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