In a year that will go down in history for political upsets blamed on the anger of economically dislocated people, it is apt to recognise the impact of disruption, as we do in our choice for The Straits Times' Asian of the Year award. While the displacement of incumbents by emerging technologies and industrial revolutions is not a new phenomenon, the exponential pace of the current digital revolution - and the scale of the disarray it has wrought on lives everywhere - has no precedent.
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