From the Inside Flap
Technology is changing our world at an unprecedented pace. Can you help shape this new world?
The answer is yes.
The real question is, "How?"
Your life may soon change in ways you can only begin to imagine:
- Your meals can be customized for optimal health as personal biomonitoring technologies begin to speak with your kitchen
- What is "real" and what is "virtual" loses significance. You can dance, for instance, with a life-size, 3D virtual being that instantly reacts to your movements. The only difference between real and virtual may be that material reality changes more slowly, and is less easily programmed
- Want to start the car or call someone on your smartphone? As human-computer interfaces become more seamless, hitting the road or calling your dad simply by focusing on that thought becomes more common.
These are not far-off future scenarios, but technologies that already exist in some form.
Massively Networked catches you up on the astonishing technological and social media innovations available now that can affect everything from your health, to your home environment, to your community, to how you think about earning a living.
How you imagine your life literally matters now more than ever before. Massively Networked, a groundbreaking book by practical visionary Pamela Lund, shows you how to engage these emerging forces to create the lifestyle, the future, the reality you want.
From the Back Cover
Massively Networked is not just another book on social media; it gets to the heart of surprising changes that are rattling assumptions about health, work, the home environment, politics, the economy, and our place in the global ecosystem. Consider the following radical ideas that could soon reshape your life:
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- Going shopping may become obsolete, along with closets, cabinets, and freezers thanks to the rise of virtualization, collaborative consumption, and just-in-time production
- Making a living can take on new meaning as online currencies, fundraising platforms, at-home manufacturing, crowdsourced design, and DIY spaces open doors to rethinking your worklife
- How you understand your place in the global ecosystem can shift radically as an estimated 22 billion nonhuman agents, such as bridges, bicycles, and even oceans, join the two-billion-plus people online in the next decade.
brings these scenarios and more to life using real-world examples that are in market now or have working prototypes. The stories are sparks to light the imaginative fire to inspire you to create the world you want.