Shaping the future, a talk by Charlie Stross

‘Being lost’ has been part of the human experience ever since our hominid ancestors were knuckle-walking around the plains of Africa. And we’re going to lose it — at least, we’re going to make it as unusual an experience as finding yourself out in public without your underpants. […] Engineers and programmers are the often-anonymous architects of society, and what [they] do now could make a huge difference to the lives of millions, even billions, of people in decades to come.