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Why the internet will fail (from 1995)

by Lincoln Cannon on 05 March 2010 (updated 29 October 2016)

Why the internet will fail (from 1995)

“No online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.” - Clifford Stoll, Newsweek, Feb 27, 1995

Computing continues to change the way we work and play, expanding our capacities in ways previous generations could hardly imagine. Not a few have been excessively skeptical of the possibilities, displacing considered questioning with indiscriminate dismissal. Not a few continue to indulge in that excess. Faith need not be blind, passive or unreasoning. Practical faith is not merely a cognitive position. It is a creative will, seeking a way to empower its desires. Maybe we can engineer solutions to climate change, over-population, aging and even death. “No way”? Way.

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