The Edge World Question for 2006 asks a truckload of current thinkers to share a dangerous idea:
What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about (not necessarily one you originated) that is dangerous not because it is assumed to be false, but because it might be true?
As for me, I’ll throw the following disruption into the mix:
The technological divide between rich and poor will become inconsequential with the spread of ubiquitous wireless Internet access. The poorest people might not own the newest, flashiest mobile phones or laptops, but they will own inexpensive connectivity devices. Once the poorest people in developing nations have this equal access to raw information, free software and developing technologies like RSS and podcasting will spread important news, opinion, and analysis across the shrinking digital divide.
[tags]edge, world question, digital divide[/tags]