big_switch.JPGThe Big Switch by Nicholas Carr is a big book, big on ideas. It takes us beyond individual, personal, computers on which we rely in our homes and at work, to a collective, less personal maybe?, technology. Carr’s thesis, as I understand it, is that as technology advances and our personal computers become more connected and or are replaced by more global computing resources serving much of our lives, we will lose some of the personal and creative experiences we have today. He uses the electric light to illustrate the point – we can still see objects but they are flattened compared to when seen in candlelight. Carr also suggests that power and wealth become more concentrated. The Big Switch is a fascinating read both as a history lesson an to stimulate thought about the changes ahead.

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