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Walt Mossberg’s last weekly column

In his final column ahead of his well-earned retirement, The Verge’s Walt Mossberg takes a big picture look at where the technology world is going next, in terms of both its potential benefits and risks:

All of the major tech players, companies from other industries, and startups whose names we don’t know yet are working away on some or all of the new major building blocks of the future. They are: artificial intelligence / machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and drones, smart homes, self-driving cars, and digital health / wearables.

Technology’s changed a lot even in the decade I’ve been covering it, and Mossberg’s been writing weekly columns since 1991. If there’s anybody who’s in a position to take a bird’s-eye view of tech, it’s Uncle Walt. Best of luck to him in his retirement; his presence will certainly be missed.