Read by Penn Jillette
Also available on cassette
I hate Negroponte.ÃÂ ÃÂ He's always right." - Teller
Being Digital is both a guide to the present state of our rapidly-changing digital age and a map for the future--how our lives will be shaped and enhanced by computer-related technology. Negroponte--Wired Magazine columnist and founding director of the MIT Media Lab--describes how advancements in computer technology and telecommunications will transform workplaces, households, and educational institutions. He explains how this revolution will change the way we live, think, and interact with one another and with technology, and foresees the challenges that lie ahead in developing truly global systems for delivering multimedia and other forms of digitally based information. Negroponte characterizes the development of future information delivery systems as a battle between atoms, the components of books and other physical resources, and bits, the basic building blocks of information.
The digital age is coming, Negroponte says, and it "cannot be denied or stopped....We're discussing a fundamental cultural change: Computing is not about computers, it's about life; being digital is not just being a geek or Internet surfer or mathematically savvy child, it's actually a way of living and is going to impact absolutely everything."
About: One of the founding fathers of the information age discusses the impact of digital technology on the modern world, discussing such topics as multimedia, the effects of digital transmission on copyright, and virtual reality.
About: An exploration of the mysteries of modern technology examines the realities of multimedia, virtual reality, the Internet, CD-ROM, and other innovations; speculates about technology's future; and analyzes the social implications of technology
About: One of the founding fathers of the information age provides an inside glimpse of the impact of digital technology on the modern world, discussing such topics as multimedia, the effects of digital transmission on copyright, and virtual reality.
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