He argues that every so often, a combination of exponential technological and societal advancements bring about a new “Age”. The Agrarian Age came through farming innovation and animal domestication. The Industrial Age came with the advent of machinery and new manufacturing processes.
The Information Age, he says, comes from the ubiquity of computing, networking, and other manifestations of these technologies: artificial intelligence, 3d printing, synthetic biology.
Why now? "It took a long time for society to change after the things had been invented," he says.
While the far digital future is almost inevitably optimistic, he argues, the transition periods of technological change have historically been extremely difficult—wars, hardships, revolutions.
Wenger’s goal here is to bring forth the most pressing questions about this future. What’s the future of human fulfillment, jobs, privacy, and governance?
The video is well worth 15 minutes.