Being Digital

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Computers - 255 pages
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Also available on cassetteBeing Digital is both a guide to the present state of our rapidly-changing digital age and a map for the future--how our lives will be shaped and enhanced by computer-related technology. Negroponte--Wired Magazine columnist and founding director of the MIT Media Lab--describes how advancements in computer technology and telecommunications will transform workplaces, households, and educational institutions. He explains how this revolution will change the way we live, think, and interact with one another and with technology, and foresees the challenges that lie ahead in developing truly global systems for delivering multimedia and other forms of digitally based information. Negroponte characterizes the development of future information delivery systems as a battle between atoms, the components of books and other physical resources, and bits, the basic building blocks of information.
The digital age is coming, Negroponte says, and it "cannot be denied or stopped....We're discussing a fundamental cultural change: Computing is not about computers, it's about life; being digital is not just being a geek or Internet surfer or mathematically savvy child, it's actually a way of living and is going to impact absolutely everything."
  

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User Review  - Julie Decker - Goodreads

This collection of essays discusses certain types of technological advances--new or emerging at the time of its writing--and puts them in context both history-wise and--with an epilogue--according to ... Read full review

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This was a book that opened up ideas that I am still working on. Read full review

Contents

Part
7
The Bit Business
75
Looking and Feeling
127
Can We Talk About This?
137
Less Is More
149
Part Three Digital Life 13 The PostInformation Age 163
164
Prime Time ls My Time
172
Good Connections
184
Hard Fun
196
Digital Fables and Foibles
206
The New Expressionists
219
Epilogue An Age of Optimism
227
After Words
233
Acknowledgments
241
Index 249
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About the author (1996)

Nicholas Negroponte is founding Chairman of the MIT Media Lab, Media Lab Europe, and the 2B1 Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing computer access to the most remote and poorest parts of the world.

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