Before the widespread use of the Internet, each manufacturer had its own idea of how to transfer data between computers. It should probably be a must-read for students of all of those disciplines. Author Yudkowsky uses case studies from familiar companies and industries to explain how to generate similar innovations, in the process identifying strategies and tactics that maximize these innovations. An educator explains profound thoughts with simple language. This book is a good book for management professionals, Owners and operators of large and small business, and anyone interest in the concept of disaggregation. This isn't another generic change-in-the-workplace book. Step 3: Assess the Revolutionary Potential Based on the information from Steps 1 and 2, is this a revolutionary innovation? Yudkowsky writes as a master teacher.
The pieces are no longer bound together with the social glue. The first advances came in long-distance service: the quality of connections improved at the same time prices dropped. My house is partly a machine: the walls are full of machinery pipes, switches, cables, and ducts , and so is the roof, with its vents and fans. My big takeaway Yudkowky's thesis is that all great revolutions which start with a pebble and end with an avalanche, hence the title disaggregate something. The other danger is starting an avalanche.
My big takeaway was to look at the components of a system and see how it's possible to break up or regroup components whether ingredients, processes, people, ownership, etc. The Pebble and the Avalanche shows how the Internet, the auto industry, music downloading, and other rapidly evolving industries are all connected by the same dynamic — disaggregation. Moshe Yudkowsky proposes a thought-provoking premise: Breaking entities apart causes more progress and development than building them does. The automobile industry and the liquor industry have made both excellent use of legal maneuvers to forestall disaggregation. Moshe worked with speech technology companies to find ways to simplify their transition to Dialogic hardware.
Legislation is an absolutely terrific method to quash upstart innovators. This book is about how this same idea applies to everyday life—technology and the business of technology in particular. Another avalanche is rapidly sweeping competitors from the marketplace but will likely cause its current round of investors to lose billions of dollars. Competition has since driven the price of long-distance calls to be next to nothing, and new services are everywhere. The Automobile Takes on the Railroads 7.
The Pebble and the Avalanche provides strategies for successfully adapting to a disaggregation revolution, and points towards the future, identifying several industries that are about to be completely transformed by disaggregation. All are based on innovations that break technology apart. Think of this process as an avalanche: at the top of a mountain, rocks are jammed together in a solid mass. The trick is to construct those key ideas that lead to a solution, and here are a few methods to help that process along—ways to think about disaggregation that lead to insights into the problem and its solution. A liquor store in Wyoming is only a mouse click away. Getting a price from a liquor store in New York or Montana was just about impossible.
A small pebble is much easier to handle than a large rock. This is a really wonderful read. Yudkowky's thesis is that all great revolutions which start with a pebble and end with an avalanche, hence the title disaggregate something. The same thing happens in technology: with the right innovation, you can pry the pieces of technology apart and unleash an outpouring of powerful ideas that shake apart whole industries. I live in Chicago, and one day I went looking for a bottle of Old Peculier beer.
By taking it to pieces and recombining the pieces, we get new business opportunities, greater competition, more creativity, etc. Before the widespread use of the Internet, each manufacturer had its own idea of how to transfer data between computers. An engineer applies theory into practical business. They can be cut, polished, and made into jewelry; they can be used to build walls and pave garden paths. The Pebble and the Avalanche Copyright © 2005 by Moshe Yudkowsky All rights reserved. Analysis The goal of this book is to help you understand, create, and apply revolutionary technology. My house is full of machines, from little clever-but-simple ones like retractable ballpoint pens, to medium-size ones like paper shredders and microwave ovens, all the way to full-size ones like recliners and washing machines.
They include the usual things we think of: nuts and bolts, electronics, manufacturing plants, and chemicals to name a few. Ask the Right Question Chapter 4 presents the basic framework of how to use disaggregation to solve problems. An avalanche releases energy—a really impressive amount of energy. This made it difficult, or sometimes practically impossible, to create networks or send interesting information—e-mail, music files—between computers from different manufacturers. The Pebble and the Avalanche provides strategies for successfully adapting to a disaggregation revolution, and points towards the future, identifying several industries that are about to be completely transformed by disaggregation. The Internet, which provided obscure services that later became quite popular, such as e-mail and Web browsing. A genius sees an ordinary events and formulates an extraordinary theory.