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Within a year, Luther had become one of Europe's most famous people, and his ideas – which challenged not only Church practice and the pope's authority, but ultimately man's relationship with God – had begun to reconfigure systems of power and identity in ways that are still felt today.In the decade before Luther's theses, Wittenberg printers published, on average, just eight books annually, all in Latin and aimed at local university audiences. But, according to the British historian Andrew Pettegree, between 1517 and Luther's death in 1546, local publishers "turned out at least 2,721 works" – an average of "91 books per year," representing some 3 million individual copies.Luther effectively published a piece of writing every two weeks – for 25 years.Today's Fourth Industrial Revolution could be an opportunity to reform our relationship with technology, amplifying the best of human nature. To grasp it, however, societies will need a subtler understanding of the interplay of identity, power, and technology than they managed during Luther's time.
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