The book is the brainchild of Chris DiGiano, an excellent fellow with whom I worked at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. It grew out of his project on educational technology. The book was a big job; it took about three years. Chris is now at Google, and our other co-editor, Shelley Goldman, is still at Stanford.
You might be wondering why I was involved in a project like this. My dissertation was on creating Web-based tools for online collaboration. Using ColdFusion, a terrific programming language, I wrote a software suite that was a bit like Blackboard (only, I like to think, much better.) It had team rooms, online voting, file libraries, chat rooms, the works. (More on that here .)
So while I’m doing very different things now, it’s nice to see that all those years I spent on my Ph.D. have had this concrete result.
And it means that World Wide Mind, which I’m writing now on contract with Simon & Schuster, is actually my third book. My fourth, if you count my dissertation. Hard to believe. Back to the word processor.