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Many years ago, in the late 1980s, while I was still a college student, I visited my lategrandfather, Peter F. Drucker, at his home in Claremont, California. He lived near thecampus of Claremont College where he was a professor emeritus. On that particular day,I handed him a manuscript of a book I was trying to write, entitled, "Minding the Planet"about how the Internet would enable the evolution of higher forms of collectiveintelligence.My grandfather read my manuscript and later that afternoon we sat together on theoutside back porch and he said to me, "One thing is certain: Someday, you will write thisbook." We both knew that the manuscript I had handed him was not that book, a fact thatwas later verified when I tried to get it published. I gave up for a while and focused oncollege, where I was studying philosophy with a focus on artificial intelligence. And Isoon I started working in the fields of artificial intelligence and supercomputing atcompanies like Kurzweil, Thinking Machines, and Individual.A few years later, I co-founded one of the early Web companies, EarthWeb, whereamong other things we built many of the first large commercial Websites and later helpedto pioneer Java by creating several large knowledge-sharing communities for softwaredevelopers. Along the way I continued to think about collective intelligence. EarthWeband the first wave of the Web came and went. But this interest and vision continued togrow. In 2000 I started researching the necessary technologies to begin building a moreintelligent Web. And eventually that led me to start my present company,RadarNetworks, where we are now focused on enabling the next-generation of collectiveintelligence on the Web, using the new technologies of the Semantic Web.But ever since that day on the porch with my grandfather, I remembered what he said:"Someday, you will write this book." I've tried many times since then to write it. But itnever came out the way I had hoped. So I tried again. Eventually I let go of the book form and created this weblog instead. And as many of my readers know, I've continued to