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When industrial revolutions collide

When information collides with machines.

Jon Bruner and I continued our Radar coffee talk series of conversations at Astro Coffee in Detroit’s Corktown. In the shadow of the abandoned Michigan Central Station we reflected on what we think of as a collision between the second industrial revolution (electric mechanization) and the third (information and networks). Will Google’s driverless car be to the automobile industry what Amazon has been to publishing?

The now abandoned Michigan Central Station has become something of a metaphor for the industrial age.

The now abandoned Michigan Central Station has become something of a metaphor for the industrial age.

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