Neal Stephenson’s Most Stunning Prediction

Source: The Atlantic
by Matteo Wong

Interview with Neal Stephenson. Stephenson: “There was a bit of early internet utopianism in [The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer], which was written during that era in the mid-’90s when the internet was coming online. There was a tendency to assume that when all the world’s knowledge comes online, everyone will flock to it. It turns out that if you give everyone access to the Library of Congress, what they do is watch videos on TikTok. The Diamond Age reflects the same naivete that I shared with a lot of other people back in the day about how all of that knowledge was going to affect society.” (02/07/24)