Check out this Smart People Podcast where we were interviewed on the Power of Networks! Topics of discussion include several of the themes in the book, particularly negative feedback.
The Power of Networks
"I remember a world without Google, and knowledge was
largely anecdotal or learned in books...people would come and
tell you things, and you had no way of verifying them. We're
verifying them now. People say things to me all the time that
may or may not be true, and I check them using Google, and
that's indeed how Google itself works."
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
"Now we're seeing the minutes of voice usage decline and
the usage of data - whether it's gigabits, megabits, however
you want to measure it - accelerating tremendously,
exponentially. And so the question becomes, how does the user
and the carrier pay for this huge investment they have in their
Denny Strigl, former CEO, Verizon Wireless
"Networks have played a powerful connective role in human societies
since the dawn of agriculture. Brinton and Chiang document and analyze
this phenomenon--and reinforce our appreciation of it."
Vinton Cerf, Father of the Internet
"I saw this as a research experiment when we started...and
then suddenly there were workstations around, and by the early
80s, personal computers started to appear...and today what do
you have? Probably 3 billion devices on the net and the
possibility of 20 or 100 billion with the Internet of
Robert Kahn, Father of the Internet
"The Power of Networks
is a wonderfully accessible account of the networking concepts that
shape our technology and our society. With remarkable clarity,
Brinton and Chiang reveal how the theory of networks illuminates the
many connected aspects of our lives."
John MacCormick, author of Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers
"This insightful, readable book shows how the Internet of Things
is being transformed, starting with connectivity. Whether you are a
technology consumer or work in industry, this is the book for
Jeff G. Fedders, Chief Strategist, Intel Corporation, and President, OpenFog Consortium
"This book is a manual for citizenship in the twenty-first
century, a world where networks help us find our place by sharing
information about who we are, and about what we would like to
Robert Calderbank, Duke University; Director, Information Initiative at Duke
"As humans, we are 'networked' by nature. Our bodies are
networked from head to toe by the most sophisticated network that
exists, and the value of networking was even understood by our
ancestors as they began to network in order to hunt more efficiently.
The Power of Networks explains how six basic networking principles
connect our lives almost as an extension of our primordial
instincts--but in more advanced ways than our ancestors could have
imagined. It is an absolutely intriguing book."
Helder Antunes, Senior Director, Cisco's Corporate Strategic Innovations Group, and Chairman, OpenFog Consortium
"Those are probably the most important decisions that [we
made around 1974 in architecting the TCP/IP protocols]: release
it publicly and remove any barriers there would be to adoption.
We decided not to impose any intellectual property constraints
on the use of the design. We published all of the documents
Vinton Cerf, Father of the Internet
A great review of the book has appeared in ZME Science. You can see that here.
Dr. Brinton gave the keynote talk for Engineering Week at The College of New Jersey, his undergraduate alma mater. The talk was on PoN, titled "The Power of Networks: What Facebook, Cell Phones, and Online Courses have in common". For more information, check out the event here.