That crazy Interweb.

I recently ran across this video on ted.com (great site filled with interesting talks) of Clifford Stoll (crazy smart dude who teaches physics to grade school kids) talking about, well, everything.

Everything is an unrelated topic to this post, but I’m recommending the video anyway.  It was this video that led me to an article that he wrote in 1995 for Newsweek titled, “The Internet, Bah! Hype Alert: Why Cyberspace isn’t, and will never be, Nirvana.”  Although he was completely off-base about the possibility of money transactions, commerce, etc on the internet he raised some interesting questions.  And has actually authored an entire book on the subject of computers in the class room.   Are we replacing the experience of human contact or are we just augmenting it with our use of the internet? What did you think of this newfangled World Wide Web in 1995 and what do you think it will look like in 2015? 

 

Here is something pretty to look at, visual representations of Internet data:

Beautiful maps of the Internet

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One Response to “That crazy Interweb.”

  1. This is a composition by spoeken word poet, Rives. It was inspired in part by the speech given by Clifford Stoll and the rest of the speakers at the TED convention. I thought it was a great way to show how one thought can inspire another, like sparks jumping from one person to another until the circuitry of human culture lights up in strange and unpredictable ways. At least to me it was entertaining and an appropriate response to such a rambling and inspired tirade as that which was articulated by Stoll. This is the first time I’ve attempted to imbed a video so I hope it works.

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