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Wired for Thought: How the Brain Is Shaping the Future of the Internet

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In this age of hypercompetition, the Internet constitutes a powerful tool for inventing radical new business models that will leave your rivals scrambling. But as brain scientist and entrepreneur Jeffrey Stibel explains in Wired for Thought, you have to understand its true nature. The Internet is more than just a series of interconnected computer networks: it's the first r ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sam Sneas
Spent some time on the Wired for Thought website before buying the book. It is a interesting and provocative topic. Stibel basically proposes the theory that the Internet is a brain. Frankly, I was a bit taken back but when I saw that his background was very respectable (CEO of a public company and PhD in Brain Science from Brown), I decided to buy the book. And boy was I surprised. It was one of the most interesting reads I have had in a long time. Stibel outlines the evolution of the web and ...more
Chris Aylott
Interesting but a little out there. Stibel's premise is that the Internet is not like a brain, it is a brain, one that is rapidly approaching the complexity of a human brain. I'm on board with that, especially the idea of the brain as a sophisticated machine for analysis and prediction.

However, I'm not convinced that the way humans use the net is going to lead to an entity that is capable of independent and abstract thought. And even if the net does become self-aware or conscious, would it be i
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Booklover1993
even after reading it after 2 yrs of printing it still feels like sci-fi.
d book's idea is good bt it lacks d pleasure and i felt irritated when it ended since it explained only some aspects of d net.it didnt even bother 2 finish on a high.no conclusions whatsoever.
reading this didnt give much knowledge bcoz once u know d main part of d book-internet is brain and is developing rapidly,there isn't much left(if u agree,which i did)reading d whole book is only reqired 4 some orthodox people who r un
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Tomo Yokose
It's a wonderfully written and thought-provoking book that captured my interest from the first page. I highly recommend this book even if you have no interest or knowledge on brain sciences. His new book (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...) coming out 7/23/2013 is similarly fascinating and full of fun tidbits and facts about neuroscience, technology, and the web using real cases to highlight how all we need to know about the future of technology can be understood by studying the brain.
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观点不算新,KK在07年做过类似的表述,Intelligent Agent和Complex System将是下一个热点。网络的计算能力将超过个体,Agent所代表的个体意识也将不再仅仅停留在数字化镜像的程度,人类和工具将融为一体,evolution进入新的阶段,整体性意识开始涌现,新的生命形态登场。
Tanner
Could be seen as a modern day Aldous Huxley Brave New World..Only Non-Fiction.
Rickey
Oct 11, 2011 Rickey marked it as to-read-if
I'm way interested in this!
Grace
I liked it. I had to read this for class, and I am not quite sure what it had to do with my education class, but it was still very interesting. I thought it was a book about technology that is accessible to not very technological people (like me). The ideas were thought-provoking, too. I learned a lot, although, like I said, I am not sure how to apply what I learned. I enjoyed the read!
Ilya Mrz
very very VERY FREAKING INTERESTING!!!
Oliver Ding
The author has strong background on connecting brain science and internet evolution. Though the idea of the web as a global brain is not a revolutionary thinking, the author gives us new insights into the nature of the web with intriguing examples. It's also helpful to web growth hackers for understanding important principles of network behind failure and success of web platforms such as Google, MySpace, Facebook and others.
Yuping
The idea that the Internet is a brain is very interesting and insightful. But I feel that it could have been conveyed in fewer words. When I got to the middle of the book, I feel like the author was already repeating himself without adding really new thoughts. I eventually finished it, but only with perseverance rather than by fascination.
Derek
Thought provoking blend of science, technology, business, and philosophy that provides a framework for understanding and predicting the evolution of the Internet.
Jason Wilson
Good ideas, worth exploring, but feels like someone convinced this guy to write the book, no sense of passion for reall digging into the ideas with the reader
Robin
a bit shallow and the brain/internet analogy is stretched a bit too far, but some interesting thoughts
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Jeff Stibel writes about the intersection of science, technology and complex networks that influence people's lives. He is the Chairman and CEO of The Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation and Chairman of BrainGate.

Jeff publishes articles and books about networks and how they are established, increase in sophistication, and ultimately grow collective intelligence. While his academic and re
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