Being Digital

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Computers - 255 pages
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1 CD / 72 minutes
Read by Penn Jillette
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  - heradas - LibraryThing

This guy absolutely nails it. Written in 1995, and absolutely as relevant today as it was then. Everything he talks about has come to fruition. It's worth reading again every 5-10 years. Read full review

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User Review  - TeeMcp - LibraryThing

15 years on, this is an interesting read if only to see how many predictions came to fruition. Almost spooky really. Not gonna spoil it by saying which ones, but would recommend to geeks & historians alike. Read full review

Contents

Part Three Digital Life
163
Epilogue An Age of Optimism
227
After Words
233
Acknowledgments
241
Index
249
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Nicholas Negroponte is the author of the bestseller Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. Negroponte is the co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, which he directed for its first 20 years. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte is considered a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design. He gave the first TED talk in 1984 and has given over a dozen more since. He founded the non-profit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world.

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