The 4 biggest similarities between the printing press and the internet, from the new book Age of Discovery

Technology is advancing rapidly all around us, extending our lifetimes and making everyday tasks more efficient. In Age of Discovery, authors Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna pause to ask, how can we evenly distribute the benefits of these developments? What does it mean to live in a society that is constantly in flux? Goldin and Kutarna look to the 15th-century European Renaissance for answers - a time and place of unprecedented progress - looking for lessons about how to deal with accelerated change.

In the infographic below, we've summarized the authors' comparison of the invention of the internet and Gutenberg's printing press - two very different technologies that both enormously impacted how we communicate.

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