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Rory Cellan-Jones

The most extraordinary tool that has been invented in the last century, the smartphone, is forcing radical changes in the way we live and work - and unlike previous technologies it is in the hands of just about everyone. Always On takes readers on a hectic ride through this turbulent era, as related by an author with a ringside seat to the key moments of the technology revolution and charts the most important story of our times – the dramatic impact of hyper-connectivity, the smartphone and social media on everything from our democracy to our employment and our health. And we hear from those at the forefront of the tech revolution, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Tim Berners-Lee, Martha Lane-Fox and Jimmy Wales, to gain their unique insights and predictions for what may be to come. The final section of the book draws on the author's own personal experience with technology and medicine, considering how COVID-19 made us look again to computing in our battle to confront the greatest challenge of modern times.


Rory Cellan-Jones is the BBC’s principal technology correspondent reporting on the biggest developments and news stories in the world. He has interviewed countless visionaries from Mark Zuckerberg to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk to Tim Berners-Lee. Rory is also the host of the BBC weekly podcast Tech Tent and the author of Dot.Bomb: The Strange Death of Dot.Com Britain.
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Delightfully insightful and intensely readable [...] There is an energy and drama to Rory's writing which nonetheless leaves space for us, the reader, to make up our minds.
- Stephen Fry

 

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