Abraham Lincoln had his share of difficulties during his lifetime. He was 'knocked down' several times before reaching the ultimate success - President of the United States of America. There are many other examples of great people that were 'knocked down but not out' and there are great lessons to be learned from them.
Michael Chorost explains the way our brains and technology will eventually connect is in a space called the World Wide Mind, a space similar to the Internet. This is a fascinating and provocative theory.