The Big Switch

The Big Switch Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

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Synopsis

A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and generators and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it's computing that's turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. In this lucid and compelling book, Nicholas Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changing-and what it means for all of us.

Book information

ISBN: 9780393062281
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Imprint: W.W. Norton and Company
Pub date:
Edition: 1st Edition
DEWEY: 303.4834
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 550g
Height: 243mm
Width: 166mm
Spine width: 24mm