Kara Swisher

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The Entire D6 Interview With News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch (5 of 6)

[We're posting all the interviews from the sixth D: All Things Digital conference that took place in late May.

Unfortunately, due to issues too complicated to go into, we have to post all the D6 interviews in several 15-minute parts (I know, I know).

But--as many readers have requested--they will all be available in their entirety over the next two weeks in this column.]

Here’s Part 5 of 6 of our interview with Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp. (NWS) (owner of this site and the conference), conducted by me and Walt Mossberg, in which he talks about the economy (uh-oh!), energy, the need for digitization and some egregious Alaskan-elk-bashing.

Here are the rest of the videos of the interview:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 6


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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