A process by which steps are removed, thus rendering a more direct path. In terms of the Internet and commerce, a process by which the middleman is removed and consumers can customize and purchase goods directly from an Internet source.

Articles on KurzweilAI.net that refer to Disintermediation

Foreword to 'The Eternal E-Customer' (book by Bryan Bergeron) By Ray Kurzweil
The Law of Accelerating Returns By Ray Kurzweil
Testimony of Ray Kurzweil on the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology By Ray Kurzweil