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Issue No.01 - January/February (2010 vol.14)
pp: 92-96
Charles Petrie , Stanford University
ABSTRACT
In the early years of computing, a scientist would fail or succeed in predicting the future depending upon his or her ability to imagine new applications based upon the fundamental computing functions of numeric calculation and bookkeeping. After the public Internet, mass development of networks that I've previously characterized as "emergent collectives" created disruptive applications and are likely to continue doing so. This history of bookkeeping-based applications and emergent collectives make plausible my prediction of a future not otherwise predicted. This future is consistent with recent economic history and provides a new area of computer science research.
INDEX TERMS
emergent networks, distributed, coordination
CITATION
Charles Petrie, "Plenty of Room Outside the Firm", IEEE Internet Computing, vol.14, no. 1, pp. 92-96, January/February 2010, doi:10.1109/MIC.2010.16
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