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The Great Acceleration
Robert Colvile

  • Monday 13 June 2016, 7.40PM to 8:30pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Flash crashes. Speed dating. Instant messaging. From the devices we carry to the lives we lead, everything seems to be getting faster, faster. 

But where did this great acceleration come from? And where will it lead? Join Robert Colvile, former Comment Editor at The Telegraph and UK News Director at BuzzFeed, as he explains how the cult of disruption in Silicon Valley, the ceaseless advance of technology and our own fundamental appetite for novelty and convenience have combined to speed up every aspect of daily life.

If you have ever felt like the world was moving too fast, here is the explanation for why that is happening - and how to cope with the effects.

About the speaker

Robert Colvile is a political commentator and technology writer whose work appears in The Telegraph, Financial Times, Spectator, Politico, CapX and elsewhere. He was previously News Director at BuzzFeed UK and Comment Editor at The Daily Telegraph, and is a Global Fellow at PS21, the Project for the Study of the 21st Century.


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