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Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology

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We are facing a future of unbounded complexity. Whether that complexity is harnessed to build a world that is safe, pleasant, humane and profitable, or whether it causes us to careen off a cliff into an abyss of mind-numbing junk is an open question. The challenges and opportunities--technical, business, and human--that this technological sea change will bring are without ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Wiley (first published August 27th 2012)
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Rafi Haladjian
May 16, 2013 Rafi Haladjian rated it did not like it
This a very misleading book. I thought it was a book about the future, the after web era, the Internet of Things and all this kind of stuff. It barely discusses the matter. It is just a self promoting book about some Maya Consulting company, lead by people who more easily talk about what they did in 90's than what happened more recently. It is sometimes rather reactionary ("Open Source software is unreliable"). Spends most of the time discussing all sorts of subjects that don't have the slightes ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Alanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My brother Mickey wrote a book! Of course it's mind bending. Read it!
Jan 30, 2017 Holly rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book.

This book presents an idealized view of where technology might go (and take us) from here. It is worth reading, with a grain of salt, if this concept interests you. Essentially, the authors envision unity across anything that generates or shares information. However, the authors are designers and I believe they wrote this book themselves, but I think they would have done well to get the help of career tech writers.

Many books (and people, especially in tech) do what th
This book is about what we will need to do to change our thinking about information and how we manipulate and access it. Starting from where we currently are today, it outlines what will need to happen to get to the next level of complexity when most things we interact with will be imbedded with technology. Written by three authors from MAYA, it is peppered with stories and insights that help illustrate their thinking on the future of the digital age.

While I don’t think that I was able to grasp
John Gray
Jan 27, 2013 John Gray rated it it was amazing
Think about the notion that "computers need to become human literate"; now go find Trillions, and read thoughtful insights into the challenges of designing an information "ecology".

It's wonderful how the authors, crafted a blend of past, present, and future; tossing in key considerations about product design, information architecture, valuing a multidisciplinary approach to thinking about innovation, and ultimately delivering a clear vision for creating a richer human experience.

I'm all for the
Nov 18, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. Highly recommended. I did not know anything about MAYA consulting till i met Mickey McManus at a conference together with Gordon Bell. He happened to have some early prints of this book, and signed one for me. It's a must read book if you want to get a feel of the catastrophic complexities that we will be facing when trillions and devices and entities start conversations at scale over the grid. Especially if you have interest in Design with a big "D" and Architecture wi ...more
Sep 15, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A challenging book about the future of our internet, from the firm that invented usability as a term and a discipline. Not a linear text but a series of observations and case studies that weave together.
Nov 08, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Look beyond the distractions of a million apps in the app store, the twitter ipo, or vc funding your silly social network app and imagine a world of connected everything.
Aug 21, 2016 Antti rated it did not like it
Highly boring ad for the MAYA corporation.

No insight, and the title is misleading, it is not of informatics, but pre-2012 marketing!

Terri Miller
Aug 08, 2013 Terri Miller rated it really liked it
While a little verbose at times, this book has some very insightful speculations on what the future of information and the technology that will govern information will/should be.
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