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Title:What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier
Format Type:Ebook
Author:James Gleick
Publisher:Pantheon
ISBN:0375421777
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:320
Category:Science, Non fiction, Technology, History, Computers

What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier by James Gleick

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier Here s some of what just happened Millions of ordinary sensible people came into possession of computers These machines had wondrous powers yet made unexpected demands on their owners Telephones broke free of the chains that had shackled them to bedside tables and office desks No one was out of touch or wanted to be out of touch Instant communication became a birthright A new world located no one knew exactly where came into being called virtual or online named cyberspace or the Internet or just the network Manners and markets took on new shapes and guises As all this was happening James Gleick author of the groundbreaking Chaos columnist for The New York Times Magazine and very briefly an Internet entrepreneur emerged as one of our most astute guides to this new world His dispatches by turns passionate bewildered angry and amazed form an extraordinary chronicle Gleick loves what the network makes possible and he hates it Software makers developed a strangely tolerant view of an ancient devil the product defect One company at first a feisty upstart seized control of the hidden gears and levers of the new economy We wrestled with novel issues of privacy anonymity and disguise We found that if the human species is evolving a sort of global brain it s susceptible to new forms of hysteria and multiple personality disorder What Just Happened is at once a remarkable portrait of a world in the throes of transformation and a prescient guide to the transformation still to come

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