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Book details of 'Information Superhighways: Multimedia Users and Futures (Computers and People Series)'

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TitleInformation Superhighways: Multimedia Users and Futures (Computers and People Series)
Author(s)Stephen J. Emmott, Nicholas Negroponte
PublishedJune 1995
PublisherAcademic Press
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Having read a great number of infommercial supercliche books, I approached this one with trepidation. Add in the multimedia buzzword, and it was almost guaranteed to be a copy of any of the prevailing crop of blue-sky, ill- informed, and trivial productions attempting to milk current preoccupations. Instead, what I found was the most practical and useful guide to the future communications technologies I've yet seen. Part one is an excellent and clear-eyed introduction by Emmott. Part two looks at the issues of information and communications in work, domestic and social life. The studies in part three concentrate primarily on the use of video, but in functional work situations. The fact that this is primarily a collection of academic and research papers will likely cause some from industry and the general public to dismiss it out of hand. This is a pity, since I found more realistic help and advice in this than in a year's worth of business seminars and any number of popular works. (Some of the papers seem to be in esoteric areas of study, but even they provide valuable suggestions in areas such as the necessary level of video quality.) copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995

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A global information revolution has begun. Converging communications and computing technologies are forming information superhighways, linking people and information interactively, at any time, in any place, via a combination of multimedia, digital video, sound, graphics, and text. The challenge now is to understand the needs of people as the users of information superhighways and develop products and services that use the technological advances to positive effect. This is the first book to examine these issues. It shows that by focusing on users, a range of multimedia applications emerge which make more imaginative use of computing and bandwidth than the products of the current focus on application development, such as"video on demand."The book emphasizes the point that the information revolution will be driven by users, not the multimedia industry. Information Superhighways is essential reading for those working in the communications, computing, and media industries, and in multimedia. It will also be of interest to students and practitioners in psychology, computing, and human-computer interaction.Key Features* Foreword by best-selling author Nicholas Negroponte, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Senior Columnist for Wired magazine* Discusses the importance of the coming information age* Outlines need for innovation in regulatory policy* Presents the idea of using multimedia to design organizations* Describes multimedia-supported group working* Gives discussion of designing media space* Provides coverage of issues in user-centered multimedia development

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