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Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems
In Interop, technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser explore the immense importance of interoperability—the standardization and integration of technology—and show how this simple principle will hold the key to our success in the coming decades and beyond.The practice of standardization has been facilitating innovation and economic growth for centuries. The standardiz ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Basic Books
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John Palfrey and Urs Gasser outline interoperability basically as interconnection between systems. A third collaborator—say a technologist or a system’s theorist—might have rounded out the definition just slightly but crucially to an increasing interconnection between systems. Implicit in the book's (mostly impressive) analysis is the myth of equilibrium: that some point down the line we get to a desirable (or acceptable) state, and nothing progresses from then on. Maybe the authors would object ...more
Although there's some good concepts being presented here, as well as some good background info on the net and how it came to be, most of the book is redundant. The authors start out with a good definition of interoperability and what it means for technology as it continues to develop, but then the rest of the 300 or so pages is just reiteration. I feel the repetitiveness just serves to show that they were padding the text so it could be a considerable length, when really they could've cut it ...more