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How to Speak Machine: Laws of Design for a Digital Age

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John Maeda is one of the world's preeminent thinkers on technology and design, and in How to Speak Machine, he offers a set of simple laws that govern not only the computers of today, but the unimaginable machines of the future.

Machines are already more powerful than we can comprehend, and getting more powerful at an exponential pace. Once set in motion, algorithms never
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 21st 2019 by Portfolio Penguin
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Perhaps I wrote this book for you. Perhaps you are the hero the world has been waiting for. Perhaps you are one of the many who will find a way to wield the power of computation with inventiveness and wonder. Those kinds of heroes are now desperately needed in order to advance computation beyond what it is today in its superpowerful, albeit running with the conflicted conscience of a teenager, form. Being new to the computational universe, you just might discover something that we
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M. Nasiri
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Speaking machine involves understanding the fundamental differences between the ways computers and humans think. Machines think in logical loops, repeating tasks endlessly until stopped by a command. And they process quantitative, rather than qualitative data, which they can’t interpret in the same way humans can. If more people learn these differences, we can confidently face a future where computers play an even more dominant role in our lives and where no one will get left
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Pramodh
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: programming
I am familiar with machines. So, this book was thoroughly enjoyable as John explains the concepts very beautifully and succinctly.
Paddy
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick and easy read for people who live in the tech world. The author’s unusual credentials as an MIT trained computer scientist with a degree in the arts give him an unusual perspective on the ongoing conflict between a computational approach and a humanistic one in our increasingly software driven world. The book is abstract at times, as you would expect from an artist, and incredibly nerdy at others as you would expect from a techie-programmer. The Japanese Zen/Koan-style references are a ...more
Stacy Taylor
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, nonfiction
I’m clearly not the target audience of this book, as most of the topics discussed were things I’m already familiar with. I could see it being a good primer for less tech-savvy folks trying to understand the way that technology rules our lives, but I question how many of them are likely to discover and read this book.
Kate Sawyer
Feb 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
The author is really obnoxious
Düsty
Feb 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Reiterates obvious things that anyone who has spent 3 minutes on the Internet knows. Topped with oodles of SJW crap. To think someone paid him to write this.
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John Maeda [MY-ay-da] is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and educator whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked to integrate technology, education and the arts into a 21st-century synthesis of creativity and innovation.

Maeda's early work redefined the use of electronic media as a tool for expression by
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