His background, however, isn't in computer science, but in Greek and Latin classic literature, which is at once surprising and makes perfect sense. A deep knowledge of history and an understanding of philosophy have sharpened his ability to consistently spot significant trends (open source, Web 2.0, augmented intelligence) and also the insight to consider their implications .
"Technology is our superpower...Inequality is our kryptonite," he notes. O'Reilly's latest book "What's the Future and Why It is Up to Us" is basically a call to action."If there is a (hostile AI), then we already training it. We are already teaching it," he observes.
We have to do better. We can do better, he insists. In the age of fake news and twitter-bots, I sure hope so. (Related: WTF? Economy website)