Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte

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In lively, mordantly witty prose, Negroponte decodes the mysteries--and debunks the hype--surrounding bandwidth, multimedia, virtual reality, and the Internet, and explains why such touted innovations as the fax and the CD-ROM are likely to go the way of the BetaMax. "Succinct and readable. . . . If you suffer from digital anxiety . . . here is a book that lays it all out for you."--Newsday.

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About Nicholas Negroponte

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Nicholas Negroponte is founding Chairman of the MIT Media Lab, Media Lab Europe, and the 2B1 Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing computer access to the most remote and poorest parts of the world.
Published January 21, 2015 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Business & Economics, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Some of Negroponte's musings are striking and valuable (how the fax machine has actually hampered the development of digital communication, and how backward thinking has hamstrung high- definition television), but much of the text has a peculiarly stale smell.

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Publishers Weekly

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Negroponte, a Wired columnist and founder of MIT's Media Lab, presents an accessible guide to the cutting edge of digital technology and his predictions for its future.

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Los Angeles Times

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For those of us cowed by the Computer Age, there is some comfort to be had in the fact that even Nicholas Negroponte, director of the sky-high-tech Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, often feels flustered too.

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Entertainment Weekly

It may seem odd that the founding director of MIT's Media Lab and frontline cheerleader for the information revolution chose to write Being Digital;

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The first is that bits are bits, but all bits are not created equal.

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Spirituality & Practice

Negroponte hits high stride in Being Digital when he discusses high-tech computers which will serve as "digital butlers" able to collect and personalize data according to each individual's information needs, entertainment predilections, and social behavior.

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Harvard Business Review

And yet all through my experience at that incredible place, I constantly wondered whether digital technology was making our lives any better.

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