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When Things Start to Think

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This is a book for people who want to know what the future is going to look like and for people who want to know how to create the future. Gershenfeld offers a glimpse at the brave new post-computerized world, where microchips work for us instead of against us. He argues that we waste the potential of the microchip when we confine it to a box on our desk: the real ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 15th 2000 by Holt Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1999)
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Thoughtprocess
When Things Start to Think was published in 1999, but is still a thought-provoking and entertaining read over a decade later. Neil Gershenfeld covers a variety of topics, ranging from the evolution of computing, to the MIT Media Lab's unique approach to higher education, to quantum mechanics, to the importance of re-thinking the relationship between research organizations and industry. Even when he gripes about the shortcomings of these fields, his message remains simple: we've come a long way, ...more
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Mar 13, 2011 Peter added it
When DESIGNERS Start To Think: This isn't a book about "things" starting to think, or even computers starting to think. It's about different ways to integrate computing power into our lives so the distinction about "what is a computer" starts to blur.

Wearable computers, smart coffepots, tennis shoes with CPUs, all of these are ideas which have become much more accepted (and real) in the 5 years since this book was published.

There are two directions computing can grow in the future -- automatin
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It was this book that first made consider switching from a future in the musical arts, to applying myself in the computer sciences. A lot of what is proposed in this book has already become commonplace. Some things, I'm still waiting on.
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