Internet: Introduction

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  • "I have an almost religious zeal - not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up." ~Dan Millman
  • "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." ~Carl Sagan
  • magic"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur Clarke's 3rd 'law'
  • "The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting." ~Dave Barry
  • "Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road." ~Stewart Brand
  • "Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other." ~C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971
  • "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila." ~Mitch Radcliffe
  • Why the Internet Is More Curse Than Blessing cartoon list of pros/cons; 8/27/2012; Murphy's Laws

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What is the Internet?


What's Next?

  • "If we examine technologies honestly, each one has its faults as well as its virtues. There are no technologies without vices and none that are neutral. The consequences of a technology expand with its disruptive nature. Powerful technologies will be powerful in both directions -- for good and bad." ~Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
  • "Unforeseen consequences stand in the way of all those who think they see clearly the direction in which a new technology will take us. A new technology does not add or subtract something. It changes everything." ~Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
  • "The Web site you seek
    Cannot be located, but
    Countless more exist."
    ~Haiku Error Messages
  • "Stay the patient course.
    Of little worth is your ire.
    The network is down."
  • "You step in the stream,
    But the water has moved on.
    This page is not here."
  • Disruption: e-commerce; communication; learning; health care; ...
    the status quo or "the good old days"
  • Expanding access to Networks: more ubiquitous, inexpensive, speedier;
    Limiting access: digital divide; monopolies; network non-neutrality;...
  • Expanding access to Information: richer content (media, interactivity); deeper (smart search); broader (collaboration); spying; malware; piracy; ...
    Limiting access: multiple standards/formats; censorship; copyright; paywalls; privacy; ...
  • Individuals vs. Corporations / Governments