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WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us by Tim O'Reilly

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TOWARD A GLOBAL BRAIN

MY FOCUS ON THE INTERNET RATHER THAN ON LINUX EVENTUALLY led me in very different directions from other open source advocates. They wanted to argue about the best open source licenses. I thought that licenses didn’t matter as much as everyone else thought they did.

I was fascinated by the massive next-generation infrastructure and business processes Google was building. Others were interested in these things too, but they thought very few companies would need Google’s kind of infrastructure, or to use its techniques. They were wrong.

This is my next lesson. If the future is here, but just not evenly distributed yet, find seeds of that future, study them, and ask yourself how things will be different when they are the ...

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