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- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (September 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0085DP4OG
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The first of the book's two sections lays out its central premise: that distributed "peer networks" allowing the free flow of information between diverse individuals are a powerful force for social progress. decentralized networks are a powerful tool for facilitating interaction between individuals, and thus for social progress. It concludes: "We have a theory of peer networks. We have the practice of building them. And we have results. We know that peer networks can work in the real world. The task now is to discover how far they can take us." The second, longer section - a series of thematic chapters on subjects like journalism, technology, and government - makes good on that promise. It presents case studies that show what peer networks have already accomplished, and contemplates what they might accomplish in the future.
Johnson's goal, in Future Perfect is not to write a primer on the theory of networks, an analysis of how distributed networks function, or a history of distributed networks (though he touches, expertly but wearing his expertise lightly, on all those subjects). Nor is his goal to predict the future: The potential applications he describes for peer networks are presented as possibilities, not certainties.Read more ›
However, despite his appeals that this "peer" revolution is not simply net-utopianism, the majority of Johnson's examples of peer-networked success were drawn from web related projects. If, however, we are learning from the Internet as a model as he says, maybe the dearth of non-web examples in Future Perfect suggests they are still emerging and evolving.
Additionally I really wished he had included a chapter on energy. There was almost no mention of climate change in this brief book. While tackling some "pressing" problems such as election finance reform, democracy, business, and education, Johnson overlooks one of the most centralized (non-distributed) platforms in our country: our energy grid. Energy seems like hanging fruit for this book, and its a disappointment to read 20 pages about KickStarter instead...
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It was a mildly interesting thesis, some might find it very relevant, but I prefer Steven Johnson's delightful historical explorations over his future conceptualizations and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Roger K in LA
Steven Johnson is one of the top writers of science topics I've read.
The book is excellent and I rate it a 4.99 out of 5.0.
I would rate it higher if Mr. Read more
Despite Johnson never using the term 'New World Order', he highlights very well some of the scenarios where networking and social technologies have revolutionised how we organise... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ryan B.
Excellent read. Steven Johnson tells a great story and makes a great argument for progressive change in business, society and how we think about solving problems. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
those who can, do. those who can't, teach. those who can't even, speculate. those who can't be bothered to consider a possible audience, write books like this.Published on April 16, 2014 by G. Damiani
Steven Johnson writes well. His books sit better with me than Malcolm Gladwell's books. Where Gladwell tries to push a point beyond where it can logically be pushed, Johnson takes... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Edward Durney
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