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As the founder of MIT's Media Lab and a popular columnist forWired, Nicholas Negroponte has amassed a following of dedicated readers. Negroponte's fans will want to get a copy ofBeing Digital, which is an edited version of the 18 articles he wrote forWiredabout "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 more. 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ISBN-10:  0679762906
ISBN-13:  978-0679762904
Author:  Nicholas Negroponte
Publisher:  Vintage
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review by . December 28, 1999
This is a probing examination of the "information highway" as a means by which to transmit, globally, "weightless bits at the speed of light." Because bits are "the DNA of information", Negroponte's brilliant analysis of their nature and impact helps us to benefit from as well as understand a "revolution" which has only begun. In my opinion, he has helped to set a new "table" at which the rest of us can examine a variety of menus as well as the materials required to feast on the opportunities of …
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