Author(s): Robert Colvile
Flash crashes. Speed dating. Instant messaging. From the devices we carry to the lives we lead, everything is getting faster, faster. But where did this great acceleration come from? And where will it lead? In this vitally important new book, Robert Colvile explains how the cult of disruption in Silicon Valley, the ceaseless advance of technology and our own fundamental appetite for novelty and convenience have combined to speed up every aspect of daily life. Drawing on the latest research, this book traces the path of this acceleration through our working and social lives, the food we buy and the music to which we listen. It explains how it's transforming the media, politics and the financial markets - and asks whether our bodies, and the natural environment, can cope. As we race towards the future - into a world packed with new technologies, new ideas and new discoveries - this scintillating and engrossing book is an invaluable, must-read guide to the wonders and dangers that await us.
A revelatory account of how our society is speeding up, The Great Acceleration is a fascinating insight into the science and promise of the modern world from a brilliant new writer
Robert Colvile has been a columnist, leader writer and comment editor with the Daily Telegraph. Among his many duties, he was supervising the paper's Science and Digital Life pages, serving as comment editor of the Sunday Telegraph while still in his twenties, and producing a host of editorials, features, reviews and opinion pieces. He went on to be news director at BuzzFeed UK. He has a Masters degree from Cambridge in International Relations, is a regular pundit on Sky News, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies (a leading British think-tank) and author of an influential report on how the internet is transforming British politics, which was praised by Chancellor George Osborne among others. @rcolvile