William Gibson & Bruce Sterling’s The Difference Engine introduces us to an alternative world where electronics was never discovered, where computers are made of polished brass and powered by steam.
Sometimes I dream I’m living in an alternative conference universe where we’ve never discovered that people who travel thousands of miles to be in the same room with one another don’t want to spend most of their time just listening to people at the front of that room.
Then I pinch myself, but I don’t wake up. Uh oh.
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