I’m quoted towards the end in Social Machines, the cover story of the August issue of MIT Technology Review. The article is the most comprehensive summary of Web 2.0 that I’ve read so far, and it does take a while to read through. The gist:
The arrival of continuous computing means that people who live in populated areas of developed countries (and increasingly, developing ones such as China and India) can spend entire days inside a kind of invisible, portable “information field.” This field is created by constant, largely automated coöperation between
1) the digital devices people carry, such as laptops, media players,
and camera phones
2) the wireline and wireless networks that serve people’s locations as
they travel about, and
3) the Internet and its growing collection of Web-based tools for finding information and communicating and collaborating with other people.
I think it’s an important detail that TR Senior Editor Wade Roush blogged a draft of the text early on, and incorporated quite a few readers’ comments in the final print version.