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The Pebble and the Avalanche: How Taking Things Apart Creates Revolutions

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Important revolutions of the past 30 years include the Internet, personal computers, the XML programming language, and the breakup of AT&T. What do they have in common? All are based on innovations that break technology apart. After breaking a technology apart, it still works -- phone calls could still be made after the breakup of AT&T -- but it is composed of smal ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published November 9th 2005 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Yudkowky's thesis is that all great revolutions (which start with a pebble and end with an avalanche, hence the title) disaggregate something. By taking it to pieces and recombining the pieces, we get new business opportunities, greater competition, more creativity, etc. etc. It's a tempting idea, but I fear he's too loose with his terms. He uses "disaggregation" in situations where it's not warranted, and the categories of disaggregation are so loose as to be almost meaningless.

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