links for 2009-03-16

  • About twenty years ago people noticed computers and TV were on a collision course and started to speculate about what they'd produce when they converged. We now know the answer: computers. It's clear now that even by using the word "convergence" we were giving TV too much credit. This won't be convergence so much as replacement. People may still watch things they call "TV shows," but they'll watch them mostly on computers.

    What decided the contest for computers? Four forces, three of which one could have predicted, and one that would have been harder to.

    One predictable cause of victory is that the Internet is an open platform. Anyone can build whatever they want on it, and the market picks the winners. So innovation happens at hacker speeds instead of big company speeds.

    The second is Moore's Law, which has worked its usual magic on Internet bandwidth. [1]

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