emerge, according to author Howard Rheingold, when communication
and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation.
The impacts of smart mob technology already appear to be both
beneficial and destructive, used by some of its earliest adopters
to support democracy and by others to coordinate terrorist attacks.
The technologies that are beginning to make smart mobs possible
are mobile communication devices and pervasive computing - inexpensive
microprocessors embedded in everyday objects and environments.
Already, governments have fallen, youth subcultures have blossomed
from Asia to Scandinavia, new industries have been born and
older industries have launched furious counterattacks. In this
talk, Rheingold discusses smart mobs.
Rheingold is the author of Smart
Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.