– Sebastian Thrun, research professor of computer science at Stanford University, a Google fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the German Academy of Sciences (read full article here)
"Through sharing files via offline systems, and the copying and exchanging of these offline systems, a new device has come to the fore – the Personal Portable Library. Because it focuses on the sharing of e-books, the Personal Portable Library doesn’t only refer to Sneakernet, but to the key function libraries had for thousands of years prior to the invention of the printing press: Libraries as centers for copying data. Libraries as warehouses where books are stored are a comparatively recent phenomenon. A Personal Portable Library takes the contemporary notion of warehousing knowledge to the hard drive and feeds into its own history. The library-as-warehouse is now a copy, but while scrolls or codices of centuries ago took years to copy – today, many thousands of books can be copied in minutes."
– “Radical Tactics of the Offline Library”, Henry Warwick (2014)