The Virtual Bookcase Reviews of 'Being digital':
Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
As the founder of MIT's Media Lab and a popular columnist for Wired, Nicholas Negroponte has amassed a following of dedicated readers. Negroponte's
fans will want to get a copy of Being Digital, which is an edited version of the 18 articles he wrote for Wired about "being digital."
Negroponte's text is mostly a history of media technology rather than a set of predictions for future technologies. In the beginning, he describes the
evolution of CD-ROMs, multimedia, hypermedia, HDTV (high-definition television), and more. The section on interfaces is informative, offering an
up-to-date history on visual interfaces, graphics, virtual reality (VR), holograms, teleconferencing hardware, the mouse and touch-sensitive interfaces,
and speech recognition.
In the last chapter and the epilogue, Negroponte offers visionary insight on what "being digital" means for our future. Negroponte praises computers for
their educational value but recognizes certain dangers of technological advances, such as increased software and data piracy and huge shifts in our job
market that will require workers to transfer their skills to the digital medium. Overall, Being Digital provides an informative history of the rise of technology
and some interesting predictions for its future.
Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
A collection of articles Negroponte wrote for Wired magazine about 'being digital'. A good vision of how technology will be used in the future.
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