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Negroponte's text is mostly a history of media technology rather than a set of predictions for future technologies. In the beginning, he describes the evolution of CD-ROMs, multimedia, hypermedia, HDTV (high-definition television), and more. The section on interfaces is informative, offering an up-to-date history on visual interfaces, graphics, virtual reality (VR), holograms, teleconferencing hardware, the mouse and touch-sensitive interfaces, and speech recognition.
In the last chapter and the epilogue, Negroponte offers visionary insight on what "being digital" means for our future. Negroponte praises computers for their educational value but recognizes certain dangers of technological advances, such as increased software and data piracy and huge shifts in our job market that will require workers to transfer their skills to the digital medium. Overall, Being Digital provides an informative history of the rise of technology and some interesting predictions for its future. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The product itself with great great deliver in speed but the book was hard as hell to read if it wasn't for a required class I was suggested he in circles back on himself very.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, interesting to see how things have changed over the past 20 years. Negroponte gets a lot of things right. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. G. Carroll
I originally read this book just after it was released. I was in junior high school then. This book, more than any other thing, is responsible for me becoming a lifetime... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Curtis Borders
Vision by NN is remarkable.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and reflecting on his foresight.
Gave a copy to my techie son.
I understand that I'm probably not the intended audience for this book, and I was assigned to read it when I was in college, so perhaps my one-star rating is biased. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Swank Ivy