The always brilliant Econtalk has a delightful interview with Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine. Chris referred to two things he had discover recently which - and please forgive the hyperbole - completely blew my mind.
No. 1 Google are running a totally free, regular telephone directory inquiry service in the United States (called Goog441)- its purpose? To train its algorithms to understand the human voice.
No. 2 A young software entrepreneur pitched him a great idea recently - his plan? Turn a $3 billion industry into a $3 million industry using his software (you read that right).
As the marginal costs of providing a lot of services (mostly online, but not all) tend towards zero, a lot of businesses are giving it away for free. But it's not just about free stuff, it's also about the radical re-configuration of business economics in a world in which the fans invade the pitch and play the game themselves. And not just economics - it's happening to politics, education, democracy, culture and an awful lot of other stuff besides:
And I happen to think it's glorious ...