Join us today for the first episode of our new monthly video chat: The Futurist Panel. At 3PM EST, we invite you to join our Google Hangout as we talk about: "what is publishing, exactly?" "Can we decouple publishing from technology or are they one and the same?" and other pressing futuristic questions!
How many of you are wearing a button? Raise your hand. Go ahead - do it at your desk or wherever you're reading this...I'll wait. If you were being honest (and adventurous), nearly all of you would have raised your hands. Everyone wears buttons all the time.
Yet, the button is an extremely old technology. The earliest evidence of buttons made by people dates back to nearly 5,000 years ago. And since then, we've invented all sorts of things to replace it: zippers, velcro, jumpsuits, magnets, snaps and more. But the button has persisted.