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A Blunt Edge

by Daniel on February 2nd, 2012

Mark Stefik journeys to the edge of today’s fully networked world in his nonfiction book The Internet Edge ($29.95, The MIT Press, Sept. ’99). At the digital precipice, he finds a chaotic place filled with volatility, tension, and a society unaccustomed to such an accelerated rate of change.

Stefik defines the edge — today’s world — as the place where society and technology are co-evolving to create a new order. As a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in Palo Alto, Calif., Stefik certainly has the cred to offer an opinion on how to maneuver in such an area. Chaos at the Internet edge is seen as less a technological problem than as a symptom of society grappling with change. Particularly, Stefik says, with issues like censorship, online privacy, digital copyright, and untaxed ecommerce.

The turbulence hits when momentum for change clashes with the social need for stability.

The book aims to provide a kind of road map for this network chaos. Though laudable in its scope, Stefik never ties it all together. He obviously knows his way around the silicon world, but when he tries to direct us through the societal aspects, his logic lags. Unnecessary and incomplete detours are constant, ranging from population genetics to the virtues of paper. In the future, Stefik would do well to partner with someone who can speak to the society stuff, while he handles the tech.

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