When Things Start to Think
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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WHEN THINGS START TO THINKUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
This book is the result of Gershenfeld's years of research as director of the Physics and Media Group at MIT's famous Media Lab—it lets us peek at the remarkable new digitized world he foresees. He ... Read full review
When things start to thinkUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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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