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Top ten brains of the digital future

Who are the world's leading thinkers on technology? Prospect has convened an expert panel to select the top ten minds whose ideas are helping to shape our future

By Tom Chatfield   January 2011

Above: digital consumers are living for the first time in a culture where being part of a globally interconnected group is normal

When we refer to something digital—a film, a book, a song—we simply mean that it exists as a string of ones and zeroes within a machine. As ever more of our cultural and intellectual life migrates towards digital media, however, the staggering implications are becoming clear: that to live in a digital age is to live in an era of instantaneous and infinite reproduction, communication and creation.

Change has rarely been at once so rapid and so universal;…

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