Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I recently read from cover to cover the special edition Forbes anniversary issue,(90 years), which was full of a lot of great information, with the theme "The Power of Networks." I have to admit I am not a regular reader, but this issue (May 7) is really not to be missed. Highlights include 85 Innovations that Change the Way We Live, a comprehensive timeline of significant communications/technology breakthroughs in the 20th century, and innovations like the founding of Keds sneakers in 1917, and Disney's debut of the multiplane camera in 1937, adding a new dimension to animated films. Click on the interactive history timeline on the website--I haven't seen anything like it. You get a combination slide show/video display on key moments in business history, including milestones you might never have thought of, including the introduction of fiber optics in 1956, the first answering machine in 1971, and the beginnings of the web through the introduction of hypertext in 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee. Anyone who has heard the expression "six degrees of separation" and never really believed it, should read this issue thoroughly.