Monday, February 22, 2010

Blast from the Past (1995)

Clifford Stoll: Why Web Won't Be Nirvana - "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. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in 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."


George said...

Oops! I guess he got a few things wrong.

Deb said...

One of my favorite quotes (I may have posted it before) is from Daimler who said that driving would never catch on in a major way because there weren't enough chauffeurs.

Todd Mason said...

The kind of vision, Deb, that helps explain Daimler Chrysler's smashing success all these years later. Stoll has never been much of a visionary.