RI Podcast 22: John Markoff – Silicon Valley, Networks and Distributed Computing

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John Markoff is a Pulitzer Prize winning technology journalist, who retired from his position at the New York Times in 2017. He grew up in the Bay Area of California, and was one of the first journalists to write about the World Wide Web. This interview includes a discussion about Silicon Valley as an idea and workplace; counter cultures and technology; distributed computing and the evolution of the internet / World Wide Web. There is also some discussion about self-driving vehicles toward the end of the interview. Work on a Stewart Brand biography was also touched upon. Books written by Markoff include What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots. Co-authored and collaborative works include The High Cost of High Tech; Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier and Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw. Computer History Museum https://www.computerhistory.org/events/bio/John,Markoff Stanford University https://casbs.stanford.edu/people/john-markoff BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY; A Free and Simple Computer Link https://www.nytimes.com/1993/12/08/business/business-technology-a-free-and-simple-computer-link.html What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry https://www.amazon.com/What-Dormouse-Said-Counterculture-Personal/dp/0143036769 Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots https://www.amazon.com/Machines-Loving-Grace-Common-Between/dp/0062266691 The “Whole Earth Catalog" was a 1960s publishing sensation. It happened because its creator was given a chance to fail. https://altaonline.com/access-to-success/ Cyberpunk http://www.brucebethke.com/ https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bn5k5m/william-gibson-interview-399 http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/nealstephenson.html https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/06/neal-stephenson-metaverse-snow-crash-silicon-valley-virtual-reality Elon Musk's War On LIDAR: Who Is Right And Why Do They Think That? https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradtempleton/2019/05/06/elon-musks-war-on-lidar-who-is-right-and-why-do-they-think-that/#6630eb492a3b Do You Trust This Computer? https://youtu.be/3CJE6XheubM The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/22/digital_future_is_not_dab/

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