Book details of 'What Will Be : How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives'
|Title||What Will Be : How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives|
|Author(s)||Michael L. Dertouzos, Bill Gates|
|Publisher||Harper San Francisco|
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Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
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.
Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
" ...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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