Terrible Tech Predictions

 
 
 
Much chortling in the blogosphere over an unearthed Newsweek article from 1995 by Clifford Stoll, which trashed the idea of the internet as an "information superhighway" with broad uses. Titled "The Internet? Bah!," the article built on Stoll's book, Silicon Snake Oil. Here's a look at what he got wrong, and why. Short answer: he missed the rising tide of innovation enabled by the web.

Terrible Tech Predictions

Stoll: "No online database will replace your daily newspaper."
Terrible Tech Predictions
 
 
Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.
 
 
 

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