Den første er teknisk og den andre sosial. Den globale utviklingen dreier seg om overgangen fra nasjonalstat til verdenssamfunn. Den digitale går fra papir til nett. Vi raser avgårde langs begge.
Men det er også nyttig – fra tid til annen – å spørre hvor er vi nå?
David Gelernter har skrevet et poetisk og profesjonelt essay om nettets historiske betydning: Time to start taking the internet seriously.
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Consider Web search, for example.
Modern search engines combine the functions of libraries and business directories on a global scale, in a flash: a lightning bolt of brilliant engineering. These search engines are indispensable — just like word processors. But they solve an easy problem.
It has always been harder to find the right person than the right fact.
Human experience and expertise are the most valuable resources on the Internet — if we could find them.
Hva skal bibliotekene drive med?
Integrating multiple information sources is crucial to solving information overload.
Blogs and other anthology-sites integrate information from many sources. But we won’t be able to solve the overload problem until each Internet user can choose for himself what sources to integrate, and can add to this mix the most important source of all: his own personal information — his email and other messages, reminders and documents of all sorts.
To accomplish this, we merely need to turn the whole Cybersphere on its side, so that time instead of space is the main axis.
A community is not a community of disembodied spoken statements,
in part because the most important aspect of the communication that people have is emotional, and one often communicates emotion not in terms of the text but as a subtext.
The physical body is not irrelevant to a human community. The emotional subtext of human communication is crucial to human thought. It isn’t a footnote. Too many computer scientists don’t understand this.