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YA-Sponsored by the Intel Corporation, this series entry is written in veneration of the microprocessor. More than just a humble chip of silicon, it has become a sometimes invisible but indispensable feature of daily life in the global community. According to the introduction, "Today there are nearly 15 billion microchips of some kind in use-the equivalent of 2 powerful computers for every man, woman and child on the planet." Photos illustrate their uses in everything from laptop computers to automobiles, from telephones to refrigerators. One interesting picture shows illiterate elderly South Africans receiving government pensions following identity verification by fingerprint scan. Another shows businessmen in traffic-strangled Bangkok completing their work in mobile taxicab offices, then delivering finished products by cellular-dispatched motorcycle messengers. The volume records countless other uses for the microchip from entertainment to medicine, with more advances being developed hourly. With such a dizzying rate of technological evolution, this beautiful photo-essay will soon become little more than a glimpse into the archaic past. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating and thought-provoking glimpse. Robin Deffendall, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas, VA Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Photojournalist Smolan and partner Erwitt (creators of the "Day in the Life" series and 24 Hours in Cyberspace, LJ 11/1/96) are back for a bow with One Digital Day, born on July 11, 1997, when 100 professional photographers scoured the globe to document how the microchip has transformed human culture with great speed and pervasiveness. Smolan and Erwitt have achieved their goal in grand style, using many full-page photos and spare text to ease that premise home. Favorite moments include the electronic dressing rooms of the New World Department Store in Shanghai and the amazing and very bionic Oklahoma City volunteer fire chief Ken Whitten, but for pure glee nothing quite matches the shot of Army Lieutenant Frank Holmes, mugging for his wife and newborn, linked by computer from his station in Bosnia to the desktop of his loved ones in North Carolina. Recommended for all public libraries.?Geoff Rotunno, "Tri-Mix" Magazine, Goleta, CA Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Rick Smolan, creator of the photo-rich Day in the Life series of coffee-table books, has brought his formula to the universe of computing with One Digital Day. Through often-magnificent photography, One Digital Day works hard to make dull computing look cool. It purports to capture the human race in the early stages of a metamorphosis. For example, computers are shown assisting chicken farmers, locating points of origin for stray bullets in inner cities, enabling firefighters to peer through dense smoke and helping a blind girl read by converting text to Braille. Smolan, Erwitt and designer Tom Walker have created a book that shows just how close our relationship to the microchip has become. -- Upside, Michael Mattis
From the Inside Flap
in history has spread so quickly throughout the world, or revolutionized so many aspects of human existence, as the microchip. Little more than a quarter century since its invention, there are now nearly 15 billion microchips in use worldwide -- the equivalent of two powerful computers for every man, woman, and child on the planet. The microprocessor is not only changing the products we use, but also the way we live, and, ultimately, the way we perceive reality. <br><br><b>ONE DIGITAL DAY</b> is the result of a unique project designed to make people aware of the thousands of microprocessors we unknowingly encounter every day. Rick Smolan, creator of the award-winning Day in the Life photography books and the bestseller 24 Hours in Cyberspace, sent 100 of the world's most talented photojournalists around the globe on July 11, 1997. Their mission: to depict intimate and emotional stories of how this tiny chip -- a square of silicon the size of a fingernail, weighing less than a p
About the Author
In 1991, photojournalist Rick Smolan and his partner Jennifer Erwitt founded Against All Odds Productions, a multimedia publisher specializing in large-scale photographic projects that combine compelling storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. A former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, Smolan had previously created the bestselling Day in the Life photography series. More than three million copies of his Day in the Life books are in print, and one of them, A Day in the Life of America, spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestseller List.
The first interactive project released by Against All Odds was From Alice to Ocean: Alone Across the Outback. It gained international recognition as the first illustrated book ever to include an interactive CD-ROM disc, and has since become one of the most recognized multimedia titles in the world of interactive publishing. The San Francisco Chronicle called From Alice to Ocean "a stunning, addictive and mesmerizing experience that may well change the course of publishing forever."
Against All Odds then produced Passage to Vietnam, which caught a rare glimpse of a nation caught in the midst of dramatic change. First released as a large-format illustrated book in the Fall of 1994, Passage to Vietnam was featured on "Good Morning America" and CNN, and in an eight-page photo excerpt in Newsweek. The CD-ROM version of Passage to Vietnam, co-published with Interval Research and distributed by Broderbund Software, was released in June 1994. The Wall Street Journal called it "a thing of beauty on a PC screen," and the CD won numerous industry awards including the prestigious Codie Award for Best Overall Multimedia Production of 1996 and the NewMedia INVISION Award for Best of Show, 1995.
In February 1996, Against All Odds orchestrated 24 Hours in Cyberspace -- the largest online event ever to take place in a single day. The goal of the project was to tell compelling human interest stories about how Cyberspace is changing people's lives -- to create a global portrait of the human face of the on-line revolution. The project resulted in an illustrated book published in November 1996; it was featured on ABC-TV's "Nightline" and appeared as a cover story in US News & World Report. A photographic exhibition of 24 Hours in Cyberspace opened at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in January 1997, and at that time the project's Web site was inducted into the Museum's permanent archives.
Against All Odds Productions is located in Sausalito, California.
Twenty years ago, while skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho, I was on a chairlift with a fellow skier. As we rose up above the valley, we talked about what we did for a living. I explained to her that I made microchips and I tried to describe what they were and what they did. But the more I said the more puzzled she became. Finally, I pointed to my digital watch, a new fangled gadget at the time, and I explained that inside was a chip-a sliver of silicon-keeping the time and changing the digits. She still looked confused, so I politely changed the subject.
Recently I thought about how much the world has changed since that chairlift conversation, and I found myself looking for a tangible way to demonstrate the remarkable and often invisible ways in which microchips-microprocessors, microcontrollers and memory chips-are now woven into the fabric of life in many corners of the world.
To mark the occasion of Intel's thirtieth anniversary and to capture the incredible impact microprocessors have had on everyday life, Intel decided to sponsor the book you are holding in your hands. Last July, on an ordinary day, 100 of the world's leading photojournalists were sent to every corner of the globe to capture the human face of the computer revolution during a single 24-hour period. This book is the result: an extraordinary visual time capsule.
As you turn these pages, you'll see a world being reshaped by technology in ways previously unthinkable. For one thing, the photographs show the effect of the millions of personal computers now in use. Increasingly, these computers are connected in networks, which are in turn linked to form what is rapidly becoming a global nervous system. World news, personal correspondence, educational pursuits, music, art and business now flow seamlessly through this network, merging Detroit, Dakar and Delhi into one place.
But microprocessors are also penetrating and improving existing products of every conceivable kind. Today's cars, for example, have numerous microprocessors tucked away inside of them to control brakes, lock doors and to remind you to fasten your seat belt. Microprocessors are in toys and thermostats; in cellular phones and automatic teller machines. They change how existing products function and allow the creation of new ones. In the aggregate, they change how we live, how we work, how we entertain ourselves and how we are able to imagine-and thus create-the world our children will inherit.
We've come a long way from the time when a digital watch was the best example I had to explain the microchip. Intel's sixty-thousand plus employees are proud of the pivotal roles we have played in the history of the computer revolution. We hope you will enjoy this photographic record of an ordinary day in the life of the microprocessor.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2006
Of all the things changing in the world today, few are as accepted globally by more people than the microchip and the electronic devices powered by microchips. Yes there are those we do not own a computer, and vow never to own one, but even those individuals use the microchip as part of their everyday life; whether it be in the car they drive, their household appliances, the electronic doors at their work, or just waiting at an intersection for the cross sign to change. This book documents, with big pictures, the extant to which computer chips are used in various facets of life around the world; and not just in rich countries, but in poor ones as well. The text is fairly easy to read, and gives just enough information on how microchips are made to convery the basic ideas. Overall, a good book, and better than other books of this type.