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When Things Start to Think
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 080505880X, Paperback)A computer in your shoe? Maybe so. Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT's Media Lab, joins the ranks of techno-prognosticators with When Things Start to Think, and his focus is on how the future of computing will fit into our physical realities. This sensorial focus allows Gershenfeld to explore such science fictional ideas as wearable computers, nanotech circuitry implants, as well as such concerns as emotions, money, and civil rights in the new age of artificial intelligence. Gershenfeld provides a historical overview of the development of computers and extrapolates a world in which we will be forced to deal with things that think all the time. This can't help but reshape our society in ways we must try to imagine. You may be surprised at how far along this road we are--Gershenfeld is in exactly the right place to tell this story, and it's a whole lot of fun (and a little scary) to ride this wave with him. --Adam Fisher
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We live in a world of increasingly intrusive information technology, requiring that people meet the needs of machines rather than the other way around. In When Things Start to Think, Neil Gershenfeld explains why this has happened and how to fix it. This book presents a compelling vision of what the world will be like tomorrow, based on technology in the laboratory today. From a shoe that can exchange data through a handshake, to a universal book that can change the printing on its pages, to a supercomputer in a coffee cup, Gershenfeld shows how to dismantle the barrier between the bits of the digital world and the atoms of our physical world in order to bring together the best attributes of both worlds.
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