Ch@nge: 19 Key Essays on How the Internet Is Changing Our Lives

Games and the Internet: Fertile Ground for Cultural Change

There has been much interest in recent years in online games as an economic and social force. Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin were first created inside online games, and have been the focus of a significant study by the ECB (2012). Many researchers and policy analysts are interested in using games for serious purposes. There are games for education, games for science, games for health, and games for public policy.1 Meanwhile, the commercial digital game sector remains very strong, even as other media industries suffer decline.2

All of this activity suggests that many observers believe that games represent a powerful cultural forc [...]

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Federico Casalegno

Federico Casalegno is Director of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab and Associate Director of [...]

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How can we take science out of its ivory tower?

Income inequality is one of the most dramatic and dangerous consequences of our persistent financial crisis. Although not so frequently mentioned, knowledge inequality is also climbing to unprecedented levels, and posing significant risks.

The gap between those that have a clue abou [...]

Microcosms and Macrocosms.

Energy is governed by the laws of thermodynamics, and is therefore not created or destroyed, merely transformed. Total energy is unvarying and originated with the birth of the Cosmos. Modern science now knows that fluctuations in the quantum vacuum gave rise to the great primordial e [...]

The Genomic Bubble and Strategies Focusing on Patient’s Needs

In spite of the massive investment in genomics, the results are not only medically and financially scarce, but are also dismissed by society. Far from encouraging their uptake, the scientific narratives deployed by the marketing men which conjure up a world free from disease only gen [...]

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Meet the Authors of Ch@nge and Their Favourite Websites

We asked 17 of the biggest names connected with the internet which have been the sites, programs or applications that have changed their lives. In the infographic below you can see the profiles of these 17 voters, you can click on them to see why they voted for them, and below is the [...]


The Internet of Things: Outlook and Challenges

As children, we were fascinated by seemingly everyday objects that turned out to be magic. The heroes of fairytales, legends, and myths would routinely surmount the difficulties they faced with the help of some magic item whose hidden powers defied the laws of nature.

In modern popular culture this motif is perhaps best embodied in Disney films where inanimate objects become sentient beings who come to the aid of the main character. The prime exponent might be the brooms in the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence in Fantasia, which sweep the floor all on their own; other examples that spring to mind are the magic mirror in Snow White or the ta [...]

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David Gelernter

David Gelernter received his BA at Yale University (1976) and his PhD in Computer Science [...]


Knowledge Banking for a Hyperconnected Society

The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.
Tim Berners-Lee
This book, Ch@nge: 19 Key Essays on How Internet Is Changing Our Lives, is the sixth installment in BBVA’s annual series devoted to the exploration of the most important issues of our time. We seek out the world’s leading experts and ask them to use a straightforward approach and language accessible to laypeople to explore the best and most current knowledge on topics that matter to us all. Over these past few years, we have been incredibly fortunate to have presented the work of more than 130 authors at the forefront of their [...]

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Francisco González

Chairman and CEO of BBVA since January 2000. Graduated in Economic and Business Scienc [...]


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Lucien Engelen

Lucien Engelen is the Director of the Regional Acute Healthcare Network at Radboud Univers [...]


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John B. Heywood

Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Sloan Automotive Laborator [...]


The Impact of the Internet on Society: A Global Perspective

The Internet is the decisive technology of the Information Age, as the electrical engine was the vector of technological transformation of the Industrial Age. This global network of computer networks, largely based nowadays on platforms of wireless communication, provides ubiquitous capacity of multimodal, interactive communication in chosen time, transcending space. The Internet is not really a new technology: its ancestor, the Arpanet, was first deployed in 1969 (Abbate 1999). But it was in the 1990s when it was privatized and released from the control of the U.S. Department of Commerce that it diffused around the world at extraord [...]

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Thomas W. Malone

Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan Schoo [...]