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Newsweek in 1995: Why the Internet will Fail.


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And that singularity thing,? No way.

 

After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.Baloney.

 

http://thenextweb.co...ght-intenet-uh/



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i bet he's eating his words now.


“Philosophy is a pretty toy if one indulges in it with moderation at the right time of life. But if one pursues it further than one should, it is absolute ruin." - Callicles to Socrates


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That guy is awesome I loved the TED video he did.

Did you not read the whole thing?

 

“Of my many mistakes, flubs, and howlers, few have been as public as my 1995 howler.

Wrong? Yep.

At the time, I was trying to speak against the tide of futuristic commentary on how The Internet Will Solve Our Problems.

Gives me pause. Most of my screwups have had limited publicity: Forgetting my lines in my 4th grade play. Misidentifying a Gilbert and Sullivan song while suddenly drafted to fill in as announcer on a classical radio station. Wasting a week hunting for planets interior to Mercury’s orbit using an infrared system with a noise level so high that it couldn’t possibly detect ‘em. Heck – trying to dry my sneakers in a microwave oven (a quarter century later, there’s still a smudge on the kitchen ceiling)

And, as I’ve laughed at others’ foibles, I think back to some of my own cringeworthy contributions.

Now, whenever I think I know what’s happening, I temper my thoughts: Might be wrong, Cliff…

Warm cheers to all,

-Cliff Stoll on a rainy Friday afternoon in Oakland”


Hey.  Stop reading.  The post is over.


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I see that Newsweek have deleted the article... probably in embarrassment.

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I think by 1995 it was already in the cards that retail was moving away from brick and mortar and to the interwebs. I'm surprised that Mr. Stoll didn't notice it was already happening. Also by 1995 travel agencies were already in trouble around here. Most folks I know were booking online. I'm not sure though, that I foresaw making checking deposits from my smart phone.






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