The "information superhighway" is a metaphor oft used to describethe internet, used so often that Stefik fears we're in danger ofsubjecting the evolution of the net to the limiting implications of this metaphor. Stefik, along with a host of prescient technothinkers and doers, examine four richer, more powerful metaphorsand their Jungian archetypes that together should expand anyone'sthinking about the cyber world... And those metaphors are: digitallibrary (The Keeper of Knowledge), electronic mail (Communicator),electronic marketplace (Trader), and digital world (Adventurer).The summoning of the archetypes in service of Stefik's argument isless silicon psychobabble than it is a compelling way to organizethis book around the very real ways in which the net is being used.CONTRIBUTORSThe I-Way as Publishing and Community MemoryVannevar Bush, J. C. R. Licklider, Robert E. Kahn, Joshua Lederberg, John Browning, Scott D. N. Cook, Vicky Reich, Mark Weiser, Ranjit MakkuniThe I-Way as a Communications Medium Lee Sproull, Samer Faraj,Jay Machado, Lynn Conway, Joshua Lederberg.Selling Goods and Services the I-Way Thomas Malone, JoanneYates, Robert Benjamin, Laura Fillmore, Mark StefikThe I-Way as a Gateway to Experience Pavel Curtis, JulianDibbell, Harry Collins, Mark Stefik, John Seeley Brown, William Wulf,Barbara Viglizzo
About the Editor
Mark Stefik in an inventor and Research Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he directs the Information Sciences and Technologies Laboratory.
—Paul Saffo, Director, Institute For The Future
—Dr. Edward McCracken, Chairman & CEO, Silicon Graphics, Inc., and former Co-chair, National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council