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TELECOSM: How Infinite Bandwidth will Revolutionize Our World

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Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World, by Gilder, George
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 11th 2000 by Free Press (first published 1996)
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Paul Bard
Aug 11, 2014 Paul Bard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book by Gilder is a feast of factual and solid material about the real world.

Because Gilder deals in hard realities in both their archetypal and algorithmic expressions, his prose is varied. With this book he has helpfully broken the tone changes down for us:

Books 1 and 2 - science and history.
Books 3 and 4 - business and investing.
Book 5 - questions.

The key idea is this:

The electronic age is over.

Why? Because: "photonics beats electronics."

Major implication: dumb networks beat smart networ
Larry Van Valkenburgh
A little dated since it was originally written in 1996, it still provides a good history of the early development of the Internet, and the technologies and personalities involved. Guilder makes several statements that are simply not true and he also makes many predictions, some of which came true, some which didn't. But generally his book was very readable.
Kurt Geisel
Jun 10, 2016 Kurt Geisel rated it really liked it
After 16 years, this is still quite prescient. There are some misses (Java, WorldCom), but also some spot on previous. I would still recommend if need to think about the scarcities and abundances in the information economy.
Shivansh Chaudhary
A very good follow up to microcosm. Futuristic and visionary. Don't try reading in one go. Re-read.
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Very informative book regarding progression of internet world.
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Economics of scarcity and abundance
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