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NOVEMBER 1999

With the world still living in the dot-com bubble, we dedicated much of this issue to the internet

With the world still living in the dot-com bubble, we dedicated much of this issue to the internet. In “Visions://The Internet in 2002,” Silicon Valley visionaries Pierre Omidyar of eBay and Sun Microsystems’ Eric Schmidt, now executive chairman of Alphabet, prophesied the internet’s transformation into a utility, the rise of built-to-order products and 24-hour connectivity. It was too much for some readers: In a later issue, several wrote in ridiculing such notions. “A comparison of the internet to food or water as a necessity?” wrote one. “That’s humorous but a little overboard, as is the belief that malls will be crushed because everyone will sit in front of their computers in dark rooms, buying goods.”

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