Brings to life some of C. Doctorow’s Eastern-Standard Tribe
âI just donât get it,â Fede said.
Art tried to keep the exasperation out of his voice. âItâs simple,â he said. âItâs like a car radio with a fast-forward button. You drive around on the MassPike, and your car automatically peers with nearby vehicles. It grabs the current song on someone elseâs stereo and streamloads it. You listen to it. If you donât hit the fast-forward button, the car starts grabbing everything it can from the peer, all the music on the stereo, and cues it up for continued play. Once that pool is exhausted, it queries your peer for a list of its peersâthe cars that itâs getting its music fromâand sees if any of them are in range, and downloads from them. So, itâs like youâre exploring a taste-network, doing an automated, guided search through traffic for the car whose owner has collected the music you most want to listen to.â