I am fascinated by the Renaissance. Or perhaps I should say renaissances: the little Italian one and the huge one we are in right now.
If there ever was a true “Renaissance man,” it was Leonardo Da Vinci. He was quite prescient. For example, Leonardo sketched the plans for what is essentially a tank (in the war sense) in 1485. He described his idea for an “armored car” in what was essentially a job application to the Duke of Milan in 1482:
“I can make armored cars, safe and unassailable, which will enter the close ranks of the enemy with their artillery, and no company of soldiers is so great that they will not break through them. And behind these the infantry will be able to follow quite unharmed and without any opposition.”
And yet, without diminishing his accomplishments, we have entered an age far greater than his. I want to share with you a lengthy chapter from my upcoming book “Infinite Progress: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War” in which I make the case that we are in a New Renaissance.