David Weinberger is a celebrated Internet philosopher and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto. His most recent book, Too Big to Know, provides a compelling vision of the future of knowledge in a connected world, shaking the foundations of our concept of knowledge—from the role of facts to the value of books and the authority of experts. “We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.”
Weinberger describes Too Big to Know as being “about what happens to knowledge and expertise now that we are faced with the fact that there is way way way more to know than can be known by any individual. Its hypothesis is that knowledge and expertise are becoming networks, and are taking on the properties of networks.” The book shows how business, science, education, and the government are learning to use networked knowledge to understand more than ever and to make smarter decisions.
A senior researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, and co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Weinberger is also the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined and Everything is Miscellaneous. His writing has appeared in Wired, Smithsonian, The Guardian, USA Today, TV Guide, Information Week, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, and he has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio. He has been a strategic marketing advisor to high tech companies, an Internet advisor to presidential campaigns. , and has a Ph.D. in philosophy.
Quotes from reviews of Too Big to Know:
“Too Big to Know is Weinberger’s brilliant synthesis of myriad debates—information overload, echo chambers, the wisdom of crowds—into a single vision of life and work in an era of networked knowledge.”—Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus.
“Led by the Internet, knowledge is now social, mobile, and open. Weinberger shows how to unlock the benefits.”—Marc Benioff, chairman, CEO, salesforce.com, author of Behind the Cloud.
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Weinberger’s appearance is sponsored by Basic Books.