Where is the digital revolution taking us?

By Peter Griffin In Current Affairs

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It’s the kind of moment that makes you wonder about the massive technology-driven changes the world is going through. Youths wait in line all night in the freezing cold outside an Apple store in Beijing’s upmarket Sanlitun area for the new iPhone 4S smartphone to go on sale. Just before dawn, the orderly queue fractures apart as anticipation gets the better of Apple fans willing to pay upwards of US$800 for a gadget that may be designed in California but is actually made in China. The plaza outside the store fills with the surging crowd. Police respond by ordering the Apple staff not ...

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