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The central thesis of The Web's Awake is that the phenomenal growth and complexity of the web is beginning to outstrip our capability to control it directly. Many have worked on the concept of emergent properties within highly complex systems, concentrating heavily on the underlying mechanics concerned. Few, however, have studied the fundamentals involved from a sociotechnical perspective. In short, the virtual anatomy of the Web remains relatively uninvestigated. The Web's Awake attempts to seriously explore this gap, citing a number of provocative, yet objective, similarities from studies…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
The central thesis of The Web's Awake is that the phenomenal growth and complexity of the web is beginning to outstrip our capability to control it directly. Many have worked on the concept of emergent properties within highly complex systems, concentrating heavily on the underlying mechanics concerned. Few, however, have studied the fundamentals involved from a sociotechnical perspective. In short, the virtual anatomy of the Web remains relatively uninvestigated. The Web's Awake attempts to seriously explore this gap, citing a number of provocative, yet objective, similarities from studies relating to both real world and digital systems. It presents a collage of interlinked facts, assertions, and coincidences, which boldly point to a Web with powerful potential for life.

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  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 352
  • Erscheinungstermin: 30. August 2007
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780470145869
  • Artikelnr.: 37290950
Autorenporträt
Philip Tetlow is a Senior Certified IT Architect in IBM's Global Business Services Division, a Chartered Engineer, and an Open Group Master IT Architect. He has more than twenty years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in the application of Web-based technologies, metadata, and transformation techniques on large central government systems. He is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium and was responsible for coordinating its task force on the application of the semantic Web in software engineering.
Inhaltsangabe
Foreword.Preface.Acknowledgments.Prologue.CHAPTER 1 THE WEB AND LIFE.CHAPTER 2 THE SPECTRUM OF COMPLEXITY.CHAPTER 3 THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCRETENESS AND SYMMETRY IN SYSTEMS.CHAPTER 4 NATURAL STRUCTURES FOR MAN-MADE MACHINES-- CURVATURE IN INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION.CHAPTER 5 POSITIONAL INFORMATION AND SCALE-FREE NETWORKS.CHAPTER 6 EVOLUTION THROUGH ENGINEERING.CHAPTER 7 A LESS-THAN-SIMPLE MATTER OF BOUNDLESS ORGANICS.CHAPTER 8 EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE AND POSTHUMAN CONCEPTS.CHAPTER 9 THE PHYSICS OF INFORMATION AND COMPUTING.CHAPTER 10 COUNTER ARGUMENTS.APPENDIX A AN OUTLINE OF THE SEMANTIC WEB AND ITS POTENTIAL FOR SOFTWARE ENGINEERING.APPENDIX B BEYOND THE SEMANTIC WEB.References.Index.About the Author.
Rezensionen
"...a compelling and enjoyable read, enthralling and thought provoking...a fascinating and provocative perspective on what the Web is and what it will be." ( SirReadaLot.org , June 2007)