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TitleWhat Will Be : How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives
Author(s)Michael L. Dertouzos, Bill Gates
PublishedMarch 1997
PublisherHarper San Francisco
PublisherHarper SanFrancisco
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Many have predicted what emerging technology will mean for society. Michael Dertouzos, an Internet pioneer and Head of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science, has been among the few who've been pretty much right so far. Now he reaches into the coming century to paint a compelling, rationally developed picture of what's ahead. Dertouzos' fluid freedom from the pollyanna-ism or paranoia that afflict so many of his contemporaries brings to his visions the ring of both conviction and plausibility--and excitement as well. His crystal explanations and fascinating examples are irresistible. The result is a book as enjoyable as it is important.

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" ...the Information Marketplace will affect all human activity," projects author Michael Dertouzos. As director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, Dertouzos presents a realistic view of where current technology is headed, but without all of the distracting hype. He conveys his technical predictions in an accessible writing style, which makes the weighty subject matter read more like a novel, appealing to a nontechie audience. In addition, Dertouzos sprinkles vignettes of the future throughout the text to help readers envision technologies that have yet to be introduced. Imagine using a personal network called a "bodynet," to talk on the phone, watch TV, read e-mail, and take pictures from wherever you are. In our workplaces, future innovations will increase productivity: Employees in different locations will be able to do groupwork together and order merchandise from around the world via e-forms. Our governments will link to a world network to engage in issues of diplomacy, trade, tourism, and more. For newcomers, the book provides a brief history of the field of information technology and explains the most current advances in technology. What Will Be also unveils many upcoming technologies in the Information Marketplace that will transform our lives. Because the author is an expert in information technology, he is naturally enthusiastic about the inventions that new technology will bring. It is only in the last portion that Dertouzos addresses some of the humanist concerns over emerging technologies, such as information overload and a greater disparity between rich and poor.

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