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The Media Lab by Stewart Brand
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Due to hitting GR length limits, I've put a revised & expanded version of this review on my website: "Timing Technology: Lessons from the Media Lab".
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message 1: by Charles (new)

Charles I have a copy of this book purchased many years ago but still unread- you have inspired me to read it !

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Aaron Brown I read and loved this back when it came out!

Gwern You might find it even more interesting to reread now after all these years, then.

message 4: by Lolita (new) - added it

Lolita A great review Gwern. Will read the book definitely.

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Ellis Mitrou Wow great review! I randomly stumbled upon this book at a retirement community when I was on vacation at my in-laws place in florida last week. Pretty excited to dig in. I enjoyed Being digital by negroponte a few years back.

Gwern More examples of ahead-of-their-time failures from John Backus:

Gwern See also my review of _Bad Blood_:

Gwern The absurdity of most startup plans: (and Cowen doesn't even include Netflix)

Gwern 'self-belief' and 'own stuff' seem apposite here:

Gwern An earlier example, Rockefeller: an apparently irrational bet on a dubious technological change which would have utterly ruined him and his reputation if it hadn't gone better than anyone else dreamed at the time.

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