Overconnected

Author(s): William H. Davidow

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Former senior VP at Intel explores the consequences of a highly connected digital world and what that means.

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β€œThe internet facilitates the growth of bad things (worms, racist forums) as well as good ones, and the way in which "positive feedback" amplifies mistakes in complex systems is the subject of technologist Davidow's argument. Rather than declaiming a simple unplugger's manifesto (as implied by the curious subtitle, "Where to draw the line at being online"), he argues carefully that the Icelandic banking boom and crash was made feasible and in part incited by the internet, as was the global crisis – because, for instance, Icelanders could invest in foreign-currency "baskets", and US mortgage companies could easily "shop" online for appraisers who gave the highest valuations. Reminiscing intermittently about his childhood in 1950s Chicago, and taking in the birth of the railroads, Three Mile Island and the first computer virus, Davidow makes for a subtle and pleasant sceptic. Travelling pre-crisis to visit an Indian firm that was doing outsourced due diligence for Lehman, he comments: "I felt that I was looking at the Wall Street version of Milli Vanilli." Perhaps the ersatz happiness induced by mid-air chest-bumping is really the root cause of all our present woes.”   Steven Poole – The Guardian   (JC BookGrocer)

William H. Davidow is a successful Silicon Valley venture capitalist, philanthropist and author. For many years, he was senior VP at Intel, where he was responsible for the development and design of the Intel microchip.

General Fields

  • : 9780755362370
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline Book Publishing
  • : 0.19
  • : October 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William H. Davidow
  • : Paperback
  • : 256