In this weekend’s FT, there was a review of Juergen Osterhammel’s ‘The Transformation of the World’. The book describes the global history of the 19th Century with a focus on how it marked a complete reinvention of the social, political and economic relationships on the planet. Implicit in this argument is the idea that this period marks a radical shift, as opposed to a gradual change.
While I was reading the review, I got thinking about what the global history of the late 2oth and early 21st centuries would look like. This comes out of one of the inspirations for Sea of Dreams, which is an attempt to image what the emerging Data Age will look like.