Thursday, December 18, 2008

Douglas Adams: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

Great, great stuff written in 1999 by the late great Douglas Adams. Thanks to Tim O'Reilly's retweet of Kevin Marks
Another problem with the net is that it's still "technology", and "technology", as the computer scientist Bran Ferren memorably defined it, is "stuff that doesn't work yet." We no longer think of chairs as technology, we just think of them as chairs. But there was a time when we hadn't worked out how many legs chairs should have, how tall they should be, and they would often "crash" when we tried to use them. Before long, computers will be as trivial and plentiful as chairs (and a couple of decades or so after that, as sheets of paper or grains of sand) and we will cease to be aware of the things.

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