When I was very young, a TV series called Connections changed my life. It was an ADHD-filled ride through history and science, showing us how everything we took for granted stood on the shoulders of giants.
I just found this interview with the author and narrator of that series, James Burke, conducted by Gartner. It’s a great read; if anything, Burke has underestimated the pace of change.
All of Connections, as well as its succcessor, The Day The Universe Changed, are currently available on Youtube. To me, they’re some of the best content ever created. If you haven’t seen them, find a weekend and fix that.
Today, Burke works with the Knowledge Web, an initiative to change the way we learn and understand.