Nicolas Carr appeared on the Colbert Report on Thursday night, promoting his book The Big Switch, and voluntarily subjecting himself to the humiliation-combined-with-publicity that only Stephen Colbert can provide.
For those of you with nothing better to do on this Friday afternoon, the five minutes you could spend watching this could provide a likely much-needed laugh. The full episode is available on the Comedy Central website, but if you don’t have a full 30-minutes to kill, you can skip ahead to 14:59 on the time bar at the bottom of the video (and don’t thank me too much for spending my time watching the whole thing to get that bit of information).
At the beginning of the interview, Carr presents the concept of moving beyond the personal computer to the “world wide computer” (the cloud) — just another sign that the concept of cloud computing is in the mainstream public consciousness. This is how I justified spending 30-minutes “researching” it — please feel free to use this as your excuse as well.
The best line from Carr undoubtedly was his reference to Colbert being the “paragon of the new Google-man who is at home with a superficial relationship to information.” Colbert’s notoriously loyal audience issued a loud “boo” to that comment. I thought it was funny.
Carr’s recent predictions of what the data centers of the future might look like is also pretty amusing.