Table of Contents


Introduction: How to Recognize The Future When It Lands On You

Mobile communication devices, peer to peer methods, and a computation-pervaded environment are making it possible for groups of people to organize collective actions on a scale never before possible -- smart mobs, for better and for worse.

Chapter One: Shibuya Epiphany

Connecting mobile devices to the Internet is more than getting stock quotes on your phone. The practice of sending short instant text messages triggered youth revolutions in Tokyo and Helsinki, and a political revolution in Manila.

Chapter Two: Technologies of Cooperation

Mobile and pervasive technologies of cooperation make new kinds of collective action possible.

Chapter Three: Computation Nations and Swarm Supercomputers

As the computing power in desktop machines has multiplied, and the Internet has connected hundreds of millions of machines at increasingly higher speeds, people have started linking their computers into collective enterprises.

Chapter Four: The Era of Sentient Things

Radio-equipped microchips permeating the environment, computers built into clothing, information beacons embedded in cities, are erasing the barrier between bits and atoms. Information is becoming embedded in things, and associated with places -- presenting grave dangers and unprecedented opportunity.

Chapter Five: The Evolution of Reputation

Reputation marks the spot where technology and cooperation converge.

Chapter Six: Wireless Quilts

Ad hoc, self-organized networks of grassroots users of inexpensive, high speed, wireless Internet communications, now challengeexisting technologies, regulatory regimes, and industries.

Chapter Seven: Smart Mobs and the Power of the Mobile Many

Smart mobs emerge when social networks use mobile communication devices, pervasive computation, peer to peer and reputation management methodologies to coordinate collective action - political, social, economic.

Chapter Eight: Always-On Panopticon...or Cooperation Amplifier

The same technologies that can amplify cooperation also have the potential to intensify surveillance; what we know and do can minimize dangers and maximize opportunities.