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A Network Built for Mom

When engineers set out to build the largest machine in the world, did they design the network’s capacity based on traditional product specifications, or was it driven by their mothers’ guilt?  In episode 3 of “The Network Effect” Steve Shepard shares some insight.

Whatever the impetus, the telecom network has proven to be one of history’s most reliable inventions, and it’s dramatically improved our way of life since its beginning.   In fact, the first social network for healthcare providers to exchange information about treating patients emerged well before Friendster.  It was  developed in the 1850′s during the days  of the Victorian Internet.

Tune in to episode 3 and then go call your mother.

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  1. Very cool info to know about.

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  2. The technology seems to evolve very fast. Is almost impossible to predict which will offer the future if you look at these old style gadgets. The inventions are the real engine of the progress.

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