A great, insightful article by John Naughton. http://bit.ly/bAuoOY
A funny thing happened to us on the way to the future. The internet went from being something exotic to being boring utility, like mains electricity or running water – and we never really noticed. So we wound up being totally dependent on a system about which we are terminally incurious.
He compares the introduction of the printing press with the Internet (an analogy I totally agree with) and wonders just what the ultimate result will be; after all, 17 years after the introduction of the printing press it would have been totally impossible to predict the overall effect.
It’s a long article, but definitely worth a read:
- Take the Long View
- The web isn’t the Net
- Disruption is a feature not a bug (read only this if you must skip the rest)
- Think Ecology not Economics
- Complexity is the new reality (Sharkey says complex systems can’t survive)
- The network is now the computer (but I still save things locally because connection is NOT ubiquitous and NOT 10%% reliable)
- The Web is changing
- Huxley and Orwell are the bookends of our future.
- Our Intellectual property regime is no longer fit for the purpose. (Amen)