Great call from 1972!

I picked up a copy of Stewart Brand‘s first book, a 1974 compilation of a couple articles from the early seventies called Two Cybernetic Frontiers. The second article is called “Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums” and it centers on the newly emerging hacker community of the SF peninsula. One paragraph stood out:

Since huge quantities of information can be computerized and digitalized and transmitted, music researchers could, for example, swap records over the Net with ‘essentially perfect fidelity.’ So much for record stores (in present form).

This was published back in Dec 1972! Only 30+ years ahead of time. Brand these days is involved with Long Now.

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