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Best of 2007 Video: D5 Interview With George Lucas

Over the next week, I will be posting the most popular videos on BoomTown from 2007.

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Here’s the interview Walt Mossberg and I did at D5 with George Lucas.

In it, he describes Internet video-sharing sites like YouTube as a circus (and not in a good way) and compares the quality of its content to throwing “puppies on a highway.” And there are also some very cool demos from Lucasfilm and his video game unit.

The discussion took place the afternoon of May 30, 2007 at the fifth D: All Things Digital, the annual tech and media conference that Walt and I host. The next conference takes place in late May 2008.

Here is the interview in its entirety:


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What’s happening is that we might, in fact, be at a time in our history where we’re being domesticated by these great big societal things, such as Facebook and the Internet. We’re being domesticated by them, because fewer and fewer and fewer of us have to be innovators to get by. And so, in the cold calculus of evolution by natural selection, at no greater time in history than ever before, copiers are probably doing better than innovators. Because innovation is extraordinarily hard.

— Mark Pagel, fellow of the Royal Society and professor of evolutionary biology, in conversation with Edge.org