No one is sure who actually said this, but that hasn’t stopped lots of folks from quoting it. It’s often used to emphasize the importance of surrounding yourself with smart people, putting your own ego aside and not letting yourself be intimidated. All of this will allegedly lead to great things. But what if the room is smarter than all of you?
English poet John Donne notably observed “No man is an island”, highlighting the importance of the connections you and I have to each other, and to our surroundings. The rich history of our relationship with technology is punctuated by our attempts to respond to that reality. Phones are a good example, but they didn’t remain just phones. Once they mobilized and became Smart, everything changed.
Whether it’s about networking for a job, or hooking up for a night, there are plenty of human stories that wouldn’t be quite the same without Smart Phones and the Internet of People. We started out sharing everything with everybody, until it dawned on us that everybody could see everything – forever. We’re still trying to work that one out.