One Web Day 2008

Posted on 22nd September 2008 by Ryan Somma in science holidays

If I were to travel back in time 25 years and tell all the science fiction writers alive back then that the world of the future included an expansive network of computers circumscribing the globe, I probably wouldn’t be telling them anything all that surprising.

If I told them that people would have access to digital encyclopedias of knowledge that would dwarf their bookcases of Britannica volumes, these same authors would shrug their shoulders, of course.

But what if I were to add that this same online encyclopedia was the emergent result of a collaborative effort of amateur volunteers who spend their free time anonymously adding content to it, and that the encyclopedia was just as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica?

Those science fiction authors would laugh me out of the room.

The future is wild. Happy One-Web Day. : )

1 Comment

  1. Haha. I hate the hatin’ on Wikipedia. “But anybody can change it, wah wah!” Yea, and you can also see what all the previous changes were, too. At worst, the truth might be buried — how’s that different than anything else?

    Comment by ClintJCL — September 22, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

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