Imagine a Silicon Valley strategy implemented with the United States phone system 100 years ago. It's not a pretty picture.
The disconnect you describe is the exact subject of FTC chair Lina Khan’s famous paper “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox”
Thank you for this piece. I was part of AT&T in the early 90's after they had split. They had just bought NCR (another disaster) but if they had given away NCR personal computers for free bundled with their internet software (AT&T WorldNet) they could have been dominant in the dial up internet business and given AOL a real run. But of course dial up died too.
that's a brilliant piece! i wonder if you'd mind if I translate it to French (and adapt it to the local Telegraph conoany, not AT&T - and of course link - explain that it's a translation of your article)
Kind of the way religious people say "God created man in his own image and likeness." I think that men created the Wonderful World Wide Web and the magic of AI in their own image. This could be the next stage of evolution if the entire biological support system was not about to collapse, and the infrastructure needed for maintaining the current level of technology didn't require billions of prosperous souls to keep it going.