Vincent Mosco's Becoming Digital: Toward a Post-Internet Society PDF

By Vincent Mosco

Becoming Digital examines the transition from the net global we now have recognized to the following net, that is rising from the convergence of Cloud Computing, monstrous facts Analytics, and the net of items. The Cloud shops and procedures info in information facilities; gigantic info Analytics give you the instruments to examine and use it; and the net of items connects sensor-equipped units far and wide to conversation networks that span the globe. those applied sciences make attainable a post-Internet society jam-packed with houses that imagine, machines that make judgements, drones that carry programs or bombs, and robots that paintings for us, play with us, and take our jobs. the subsequent net provides an international the place desktops are all over, even inside of bodies, “coming alive” to make attainable the unification of individuals and machines in what a few name the Singularity. 

This well timed book explores this capability as either a fact at the horizon and a delusion that evokes a brand new faith of know-how. It takes up the arrival threats to a democratic, decentralized, and common net and the capability to deepen the issues of business saturation, targeted financial strength, cyber-warfare, the erosion of privateness, and environmental degradation. nonetheless, it additionally exhibits how the subsequent net will help extend democracy, empowering humans all over the world, supplying for extra of life’s prerequisites, and advancing social equality. yet none of this can occur with out concerted political and coverage motion. turning into electronic issues the best way forward.

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