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The Big Switch

Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
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Nick Carr gets it right. There's a big switch coming. Personal computers are over; instead our lives will soon center around one planetary World Wide Computer. Carr lays out scores of reasons why he, and we, should dread this inevitable future. But even for those of us who can't wait for its arrival, this profile of the emerging machine by a very competent reporter is the kind of evidence every future-oriented person should read.
Von Kevin Kelly, erfasst im Biblionetz am 20.01.2008

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In The Big Switch, I draw a parallel to what happened with the invention of electric utilities a hundred years ago. Before the electric utility, people had to generate their own power to run their machines - with waterwheels or steam engines or just their own muscles. But as soon as the wires for the electric grid were strung, they no longer had to worry about producing their own power. Power was delivered to their home or their office over the network, and all they had to do was plug an appliance into the socket in the wall. That’s what’s happening to computing today. It’s turning into a service supplied over a network. It’s becoming a utility.
Von Nicholas G. Carr, erfasst im Biblionetz am 20.01.2008
A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and generators and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it's computing that's turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. In this lucid and compelling book, Nicholas Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changing—and what it means for all of us.
Von Klappentext im Buch The Big Switch (2008)

A hundred years ago, companies stopped generating their own power with steam engines and dynamos and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities didn’t just change how businesses operate. It set off a chain reaction of economic and social transformations that brought the modern world into existence. Today, a similar revolution is under way. Hooked up to the Internet’s global computing grid, massive information-processing plants have begun pumping data and software code into our homes and businesses. This time, it’s computing that’s turning into a utility.

The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google and Salesforce.com to the fore and threatening stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap, utility-supplied computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. We can already see the early effects — in the shift of control over media from institutions to individuals, in debates over the value of privacy, in the export of the jobs of knowledge workers, even in the growing concentration of wealth. As information utilities expand, the changes will only broaden, and their pace will only accelerate.

Nicholas Carr is the ideal guide to explain this historic upheaval. Writing in a lucid, engaging style, he weaves together history, economics and technology to describe how and why computers are changing — and what it means for all of us. From the software business to the newspaper business, from job creation to community formation, from national defense to personal identity, The Big Switch provides a panoramic view of the new world being conjured from the circuits of the "World Wide Computer."

Von Klappentext im Buch The Big Switch (2008)

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Personen
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Yochai Benkler, Nicholas G. Carr, Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, Norbert Wiener

Begriffe
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Computercomputer, Dell, Google, Informationinformation, Internetinternet, IT-Sicherheit, knowledge workerknowledge worker, Microsoft, Programmierenprogramming, Softwaresoftware, Technologietechnology, Technologisierung des Alltags
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Bücher
Jahr UmschlagTitelAbrufeIBOBKBLB
1950The Human Use of Human Beings (Norbert Wiener) 29000
1963Cybernetics (Norbert Wiener) 2, 4, 1, 6, 5, 2, 2, 1, 4, 8, 7, 870283479
1966   Understanding Media (Marshall McLuhan) 1, 4, 3, 2, 3, 7, 4, 4, 4, 14, 4, 2210130222341
1992   Technopoly (Neil Postman) 4, 4, 5, 8, 9, 3, 5, 4, 6, 10, 5, 8428583116
2006    The Wealth of Networks (Yochai Benkler) 1, 4, 2, 5, 2, 5, 3, 3, 5, 8, 5, 12402312456
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Texte
Jahr UmschlagTitelAbrufeIBOBKBLB
2003    IT Doesn’t Matter (Nicholas G. Carr) 3, 4, 4, 8, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2, 4131141645

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