Being Digital

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 predictionsAs 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 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.
Being Digital 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

  • Title: Being Digital
  • Author: Nicholas Negroponte
  • ISBN: 9780340649305
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Being Digital”

    1. This book is like my Bible in digital journey. I keep rereading it to find inspiration. My fave part is when Negroponte writes that he has seen a prototype of touchscreen computer in early 1970s. Wow. Now people feel they are holding tech if they carry new tab, something which arent new at all

    2. I read this ten years ago and remember it as one of the most prescient books ever. Negroponte spends a and elot of time filling in the gaps between what you were supposed to know in the late 90's about the rise of the digital era, and what you actually absorbed from everyone else who were also just pretending to know what the difference between digital and analog meant.He's got a lot of really interesting predictions for the near future, many of which have proven correct.Do you know why CDs and [...]

    3. this is a seminal book on media - now we have the luxury of looking back and see if most of Negroponte's predictions have come true - and how it affect our lives. If you read this first, you will find Friedman's "The World is Flat" as merely a follower - since most of the things he found as an amazing way the world works nowadays were already in Negroponte's list 10 years earlier.

    4. No es lo que sucede, sino por qué sucede. De esa manera entendemos algo mejor la digitalización del mundo actual. El libro tiene años, y asusta bastante ver cómo la mayoría de sus predicciones se han ido cumpliendo, pero aún así merece la pena, porque las ideas básicas, los por qués, siguen siendo los mismos y sigue mereciendo la pena entenderlos.

    5. fantastic overview - this guy has amazing insight. a good textbook for any students doing a communication degree

    6. Oh dang, a "what will the future?" from 1995. Fair well fun to read twenty some odd years on. All compare and contrast. Speculations upon the future, more specifically, what happens when email gets to be a bigger thing, digital algorithms take over from analog in Tx/Rx, teaching the kids w/ programmable LEGOs, and various IoT (though term as yet not coined); and voice command whatever.Easy to pick up, read a bit, put down, forget, pick right back up. Suffers/thrives from newsstand magazine style [...]

    7. To a book written in 1995, it's incredible actual considering the fact that on technology, things grow older very fast. It's amazing to see how the author was able to foresee the big changes that we are experiencing right now on many of the social aspects that the digital technology has touched. That been said, the book starts to show it's age since many of things that he sees as future, are right now a reality, like digital newspapers, GPS and autonomous self-driving car.

    8. Even though it is from 1996 it is amazing the ideas that are discussed and how actual some of them are still.

    9. If you can get past the arrogant author talking about how great and right he is, as well as personal anecdotes that are little more than elitist bragging, there are some neat tidbits of information here. Negroponte was pretty darn accurate with some of his predictions, and only off by 5-10 years with others; though this isn't really an amazing feat for someone in his line of work. Parts of the book are pretty dull, but at least it's separated into many small sections and short chapters for easy [...]

    10. This is like reading a 15 year-old almanac. It is Nicholas Negroponte's vision for the challenges and privileges technology would bring about in our daily lives. He wrote it in 1995 and it is impressively predictive. It is as if he anticipated things like Digg, Google Reader, Hulu, DVRs, and Roku. I was especially interested in his predictions for broadcast news. He says: "the economic models of media today are based almost exclusively on 'pushing' the information and entertainment out into the [...]

    11. I really wished I had read this book 10 years ago. There is no doubt this man has a vivid view of the future digital world, and it would be extremely interesting to know what he thinks about the next 20 years.Although Negropont's conclusions can be seen as incredible negative, unfortunately I think yet again he has nailed it, and if you read this book thinking you are the right side of the digital divide, I would think again.I completely agree that the digital revolution has indeed changed the w [...]

    12. This collection of essays discusses certain types of technological advances--new or emerging at the time of its writing--and puts them in context both history-wise and--with an epilogue--according to how they will develop in the future.I'm a lifelong computer user, but not a technology developer. However, I had to read this as a college assignment in a technology class, and while I usually found nonfiction books about topics I have no particular interest in at least tolerable, in this case I fou [...]

    13. dnf. If you're interested in predictions made in the past about our present this could potentially interest you. For me it was bleh. Perhaps if it was written in this era about the possibilities of quantum computers and where apple phones might be taking us it would be intriguing. But as it is, this book's prime audience has grown up and is living in the present where most of Negroponte's previously startling insights are common knowledge.

    14. It was a long time ago, and now that I remember reading this book, I can say that it was not very memorable. The concept was rather pedestrian, from what I remember, that the digital wave of internet will replace the current media outlets. We can see that was as true and can compare that with the automobile replacing the horse though we still have horses with us, and even the bicycle has morphed from a utility to a recreation. In fact, I am still reading actual books and paper periodicals, thoug [...]

    15. (2.5) Only interesting as a historical document (but he is of course accurate)I had to rate this according to its readability and relevance now. It's not much when you measure it on those terms, but it was certainly impressive how he could sense the trends in our digital lives. Things like DVRs, ubiquitous computing (with handheld or wearable computing devices), GPS and voice navigation in our cars, video-on-demand etc.He did rail against fax and the US approach to HDTV which may have been parti [...]

    16. It's been ages since I've read a non-fiction book from cover to cover. It would have been far more valuable to read Negroponte's work back when it was originally published, because he was literally predicting the future. He foresaw Netflix, the rise of MMOs like World of Warcraft, smart homes, and much more. A few of his ideas have yet to come to pass, and until Roombas learn to recognize the difference between animal dung and dust it may be a while yet to come. If you're at all interested in th [...]

    17. admittedly, being a product of the 90s on such a fast moving target as human - computer interactions, much of this must be dated and indeed we hear of VCRs, CD-ROMs, etc. However, the author of this book delightfully and ably narrated by Penn Jillette, is looking forward more so than around. As such, this recalls to me Dertouzos' What Will Be. Negroponte's crystal ball was tuned in when he foresaw wearables, the ubiquity of VOD, turn by turn navigation and more. What I like most here from this p [...]

    18. LANG=HRFenomenalna knjiga Wired kolumnista. Zanimljivo je da je autor disleksičan. Osnovao je "Media Lab" pri MIT-u gdje se bave sučeljima informacijskih sustava, komunikacijom ljudi i računala (HCI). Vizionar digitalne budućnosti, svijeta u kojem će se trgovati bitovima a ne atomima. O svedostupnosti interneta i o načinima filtriranja informacija za korisnike. Sviđa mi se ideja o porsonaliziranim izdanjima novina. O budućnosti TV govori kako većina industrijalaca budućnost televizije [...]

    19. I understand that I'm probably not the intended audience for this book, and I was assigned to read it when I was in college, so perhaps my one-star rating is biased. But putting that possibility aside, normally I'm pretty easy to please with nonfiction books even if I'm not knowledgeable about or interested in the subject . . . that is, if the author is good at drawing the audience in. I just really had to struggle to get through the book, and don't remember it well, so I don't think the author' [...]

    20. Would have been a good read 10 years ago. The author got some things right, but a lot of the predictions -- or at least a lot of the focus -- is wrong. This was written at the dawn of the Internet. CD-ROM's were still a big thing, and dvd's hadn't appeared yet. As a study into what we thought the future would hold, it was interesting. But I kept wanting to tell the author to shut up about things like digital, connected toasters. It was a dumb idea, and no one ever wanted such a thing anyway.

    21. I almost ignored the book as most of us would given that it was written in 1995 and speaks of what the world would look like in the next two decades. However my curiosity got better of me and I am grateful for that. The author is extremely knowledgeable and a true visionary. Many of the approaches and possibilities he mentions have since been realized and many more are yet to be actualized. The book is a treasure trove of inspiration and ideas for all trying to make computers work for the humans [...]

    22. sudah ada edisi indonesianya ya?wah,keren nih buku. bukan hanya isinya yang merupakan ajakan utk menyadari datangnya medium baru [yang akan mengubah cara-cara kita berhubungan], namun juga rasanya buku ini pernah diedarkan di web dengan gratis. siapa saja boleh mengunduh buku ini di web. itu adalah sikap baru terhadap pengetahuan, yang di tempat kita [dan di tempat-tempat lain juga] masih diperlakukan sebgai barang langka yang harus disekap.

    23. De haberlo leído hace 15 años, este libro me habría sorprendido bastante por el futuro informático que plantea. Al día de hoy, vivimos en ese futuro, o al menos uno similar y mucho más variado (gracias al Internet de las cosas, aún en crecimiento), con excepción de algunas cosillas que en este momento pueden recordar a cómo los entusiastas de los autos voladores de hace decenios imaginaban el año 2000.

    24. After 16 years, this is still a cutting-edge analysis of the impact that digital technology has had and is having on society. I bought a copy when it first came out and devoured in one day (it's more like a long essay). I go back and reread it every 5 years and it's still an exciting read.Ironically, a book that celebrates the digital world is not available as an e-book. Shame on the publisher.

    25. This was a pretty cool read. I'm just diving full on into the tech field(soon to be every field of work) and it was awfully curious to hear about the forefront of technology around 20 years ago. Lot's of good predictions on the authors part. The best part about reading this book is the opportunity to think out how this idea of "being digital" is becoming more and more a constructive form of our lives.

    26. This book was a great read - technology is a bit out of date since it's now 15 years old, but Negroponte's vision of the future has largely actualized. His insight into where media needs to go from here I think is a vision that will be multiple decades in coming yet; content creators and interface architects could learn a lot from this book.

    27. Maybe I'm being unfair to this book. It is easy to read, and Negroponte is clearly brilliant. But it has little to offer the contemporary reader, except to show what people were thinking about in 1995. A lot of his predictions have come true in the interim, which is impressive but not really helpful.

    28. Incredible vision of the future (now present). His assertion rate looking for what cames true on the next 20 years after the book publication demonstrate clearly how deep is the author attached with "the digital" and how responsible him and the Media Lab are about the introduction of computers on our day by day life.

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