This brief Wired article reminds me of why I go so excited about peer production in the first place.
I remember seeing the term for the first time in the June 2005 Business 2.0 piece, The Power of Us, which introduced me to the work of Yochai Benkler. Benkler has subsequently published Wealth of Networks, which develops the argument.
Related, I find MIT's focus on the creation of "its from bits," "crafter economies," Edward Castronova's study of virtual lands, the emergence of PsychNology, the notion that all science is information, and, finally, the rise of a global creative economy to be in sympathy with the idea, to be part of a third digital revolution.
Whether it's made or computed, the future will be cached.