When Things Start to Think

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Macmillan, Feb 15, 2000 - Science - 225 pages
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This is a book for people who want to know what the future is going to look like and for people who want to know how to create the future. Gershenfeld offers a glimpse at the brave new post-computerized world, where microchips work for us instead of against us. He argues that we waste the potential of the microchip when we confine it to a box on our desk: the real electronic revolution will come when computers have all but disappeared into the walls around us. Imagine a digital book that looks like a traditional book printed on paper and is pleasant to read in bed but has all the mutability of a screen display. How about a personal fabricator that can organize digitized atoms into anything you want, or a musical keyboard that can be woven into a denim jacket? Gershenfeld tells the story of his Things that Think group at MIT's Media Lab, the group of innovative scientists and researchers dedicated to integrating digital technology into the fabric of our lives.
  

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Director of the Physics and Media Group and codirector of the Things That Think consortium, both at MIT's Media Lab, Gershenfeld has all sorts of provocative projects, including a book with electronic ... Read full review

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Contents

Bits and Books
9
Digital Expression
23
Wear Ware Where?
41
The Personal Fabricator
59
Smart Money
73
Rights and Responsibilities
91
Bad Words
103
Bit Beliefs
119
Seeing Through Windows
133
The Nature of Computation
147
The Business of Discovery
165
Information and Education
181
Things That Think
195
Afterword
211
Index
213
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Neil Gershenfeld, Ph.D., is an associate professor at MIT, the director of the Media Lab's Physics and Media Group, and codirector of the Things that Think consortium. Gershenfeld has written for Wired and for other technology publications, and he lives in Boston.

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