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1. Diffusion of Innovations, 5th
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2. The Singularity Is Near: When
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3. The Rise of the Network Society
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4. The Global Village: Transformations
5. Being Digital
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6. Radical Evolution: The Promise
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7. As the Future Catches You: How
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8. End of Millennium
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9. Evolve! : Succeeding in the Digital
10. Walt Disney's Epcot Center: Creating
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11. Normal Accidents
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12. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The
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13. The Death of Distance: How the
14. What Will Be: How the World of
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15. Diffusion of Innovations: A Select
16. Society and Technological Change
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17. Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization
18. Interface Culture: How New Technology
19. Technology and Society in Twentieth
20. A Nation Transformed by Information:

1. Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition
by Free Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars A way to understand howspreading words works
As social science proffesional involved in the marketing field, I am continually dared -if not demanded- to explore entrepeneurial iniciatives to get on the edge of the competition and reach smarter and demanding customers to seed an idea and make it roll over the world, it is sure that task is not easy, and many of times even good ideas not suceed, why?
5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of knowledge for innovation management
I have been using this book for years in research and teaching at the university level. There are other fine books that concern innovation diffusion and adoption but Roger's book is THE reference. Many of my students in information systems struggling to find a theory to study information systems have "adopted" parts of this book, especially the five factors that determine adoption, e.g., relative advantage, complexity and compatibility. A more tricky area is to categorise potential and actual adopters,e.g., who wants to be a laggard? I also like the discussion on "pro-innovation bias",i.e., that innovation is sometimes seen as a law-like process wich is not always the case. Some big companies' alleged "innovations" are not really needed by the users. This book should be valuable to all that are interested in change processes in social systems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is a trully magnificent and wonderfully-written book. It offers a thorough introduction to diffusion research and it is packed with a ton of illustrative applications that make the content seem relevant and not abstract to the reader. A must for anyone interested in diffusion of innovations (either technological or of political nature). Cant praise it enough. ... Read more

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2. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
by Viking Adult
Hardcover (22 September, 2005)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Take care of yourself - immortality is near!

5-0 out of 5 stars Caution, Maestro at Work
Ray Kurzweil is utterly relentless, merciless, and authoritative as he hammers home his vision of the future.He doesn't just make this stuff up, but opens his book with about fifty graphs depicting the exponential trends in current technology.Graphs depict the increase in computer power, its reduction in cost, the nanotechnological patents applied for, the size of chips, and so on. Dr. Kurzweil doesn't so much indicate trends, as prove that they are inevitable.
5-0 out of 5 stars Theoretical Science Masterpiece
Kurzwell's vision isn't perfect.But part of the point of this book is that no one single person will comprise the evolutionary singularity, it will take every single part of humanity to plug into our world for that to happen.He's doing a relatively noble thing, standing on the edge of reality, and sending out a jolting vision of the future that is one of a kind.There's no need to worship Kurzwell, it's simply that people ought to pay attention to this theoretical science masterpiece and heed it's alarming beautiful call to arms against pessimism and backward oriented thought.Awesome. ... Read more

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3. The Rise of the Network Society
by Blackwell Publishing, Incorporated
Paperback (15 January, 2000)
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2-0 out of 5 stars A Polymath Desperately in Need of Focus
Given Castells' huge range of understanding and the sheer ambition of his work, it seems a bit unfair to really criticize this book. Few writers would try to tackle the huge ideas that Castells covers here - vast theories about the state and direction of humanity in relation to the rising information society. On the other hand, theory-of-everything books like this, as frequently attempted by polymaths such as Fritjof Capra, have their own unavoidable problems which deserve to be criticized. When a theorist tries to combine knowledge of everything into a huge integrated and unified theory, the writing becomes monstrously diffuse and unfocused. That is the exact problem with this book. 4-0 out of 5 stars The Rise of Network Society
The Rise of Network Society brings up many important issues regarding globalization and what Manuel Castells calls the network society. He argues that the technological revolution that began in the late 70s in Silicon Valley has had a profound impact on all aspects of society. The changes, he argues are most apparent in the new relationships between the economy, state and society that have been formed. He suggests that an increase in the flexibility of management, a decentralization of production and an increased reliance on networking has caused many of the immediate changes taking place. Castells suggests that it is through the decline in the labor movement and the devaluing of the laborers that capital has become an increasingly powerful network. This, he suggests has caused networks such as labor, criminal or mafia groups, and financial markets to be realized on a global rather than local scale. By looking at how new relationships and identities are being conceived of in what he calls the informational age, Castells is able to theorize about the ways in which technology and information have will continue to transform society.
4-0 out of 5 stars Is information technology the culprit?
Many of the observations Prof. Catells made are valid, however the connection between information technology and the social problems are not very strong. The network states, global criminal society, wealth disparity, etc. are more or less the byproduct of globalization. Read more

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4. The Global Village: Transformations in World Life and Media in the 21st Century(Communication and Society (New York, N.Y.).)
by Oxford University Press, USA
Paperback (17 September, 1992)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Laudable Extension of McLuhan:Cool, Seminal & Involving!
Powers says that this book is not about "final answers."By God he's right!And he proceeds to effloresce a wondrous garden wrought of the print medium brimming over with fresh probes, "osmic space," brains "astonied," the secret lives of "sense ratios," and other electrific, outsized insights and invitations into the futurepresent.One could readily argue and effectively so that "The Global Village..." is indeed a worthy extension of the medium of Professor McLuhan himself, ringing true and resonating orchestrally with the spirit and vivacity of that bright, iridescent, warm and radiant bulb which, tragically, went out suddenly and left us in darkness on New Year's Eve, 1980.1-0 out of 5 stars a shameful posthumous misrepresentation of McL.'s thought.
I'm surprised this travesty is still in print."Not in McLuhan's style" is a kind understatement; Powers demonstrates flagrant misunderstanding and confusion of basic McLuhanesque ideas.Try 'Laws ofMedia' or 'Understanding Electric Language' instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars FIGURING OUT THE GROUND
This book is for the McLuhan enthusiast who would like to figure out theground on which McLuhan stands. It is chock full of McLuhan's ideas, butnot presented in McLuhan's typical style. Published 9 years after McLuhan'sdeath, it seems likely that co-author Bruce Powers assembled the materialfor publication.Read more

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5. Being Digital
by Knopf
Hardcover (31 January, 1995)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good bread, but nothing in between
I read this book, partly based on the implied challenge of one of my professors.After finishing it, I can only say I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it.
5-0 out of 5 stars Being Digital in Digital Planet
IMAGINE that in a bright morning you read a digital newspaper which was specially "printed" for you. Supported by a telepresence tool, your digital form can be present at some places at the same time -- without getting effort at all from your house. Mostly of your job will take over by smart-digital-interface tools. You are living in digital life.
4-0 out of 5 stars Negroponte agrees...
"And so? I know: Extrapolating bandwidth, processor speed, network dimensions, or the shrinking size of electromechanical devices has become truly tiresome. Moore's Law, first expounded by Gordon Moore in 1965, is indeed a stroke of brilliance, but one more mention of it should make you puke. Terabit access, petahertz processors, planetary networks, and disk drives on the heads of pins will be ... they'll just be. Face it - the Digital Revolution is over." -- Nicholas Negroponte, 12/98
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6. Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies -- and What It Means to Be Human
by Broadway
Paperback (09 May, 2006)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Future-Trans-Post-Super-Humanity
This book has a lot of meat for those futureheads who are hungry for knowledge about the possibilities for wired cyborg posthumans and transhumans of the ultra future, but for the general interested reader there is little to really chew on. Joel Garreau has compiled some impressive research into cutting edge technologies that will either improve or disrupt the lives of humans (depending on one's point of view), and emerging theories into how human nature will adapt or collapse in the face of superadvanced technology. Especially prevalent here is coverage ofthe most futuristic trends in computing and genetic engineering, which may and will seriously impact what it means to be "human." This is all good brain candy, but Jarreau's philosophical goals in the book never really come together, and his writing style mostly consists of rapid-fire examples with little flow or continuity, the hyping of isolated incidents and inventions as trends, and vast generalizations about human nature. That makes this attempt at deep philosophy feel more like a shallow stream of disconnected ideas.
2-0 out of 5 stars A poor take on a fascinating subject
Washington Post reporter and editor Joel Garreau's Radical Evolution could have been a good introduction to the debate over the future of humanity once the inevitable technological and knowledge explosion known by its prophets as the Singularity occurs. Instead, it's an unconsciously one-sided view of the near and middle future that ignores the more intriguing aspects of the debate.
5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, this is interesting!
The Matrix may be a long way from now, but there are some prophets of the technological era, such as Ray Kurzweil, who argue that the singularity - the point where humans and machines come together - is not far away. How do we view such developments? That's exactly what this book is about!
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7. As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
by Crown Business
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3-0 out of 5 stars Back to the Future
This book is a blend of intresting observations and speculation on various hot technologies (gnemoics in particular) and it's likely impact on people and countries. It is an intresting book and can be easily followed by anybody (even without any intrest or knowledge of the subject).The page layout (with large typeface and fonts) may seem condescending to some of the serious readers, but i think it works in this case, since the book isn't verbose and the author packsthought and info in small sentences, which provokes one to pause and reflect. For eg: sample this: "there used to be one way of getting pregnant.. Now there are more than Seventeen" OR " A seed is an instruument designed to execute a genetic program that transforms soil, water and sun into Wood, Flower.. Fruit"
4-0 out of 5 stars Exporting Brains
The presentation is unique, the content loops around on itself, and the wide range of font styles and sizes occasionally distract, but there is probably no better way to look at the future than Enriquez's unapologetic, head-on style. The future is not making any excuses for itself: it is roaring into town and anyone (be it individual, group, company, or nation) who fails to accept that fact is going to find themselves marginalized, irrelevant, and poor.Enriquez narrows the future down to two fundamental principles: information systems and genomics.Whoever masters these two concepts will be able to handle the future just fine; whoever ignores these will be left behind, without pity.
5-0 out of 5 stars I am 3 / 10,000ths of 1% different from you !
This book is about life science called Genomics. It combines information technology and genetics.It is becoming the focus and fulcrum of our future culture and economy as a convergence of the digital revolution, genetics and the knowledge economy.Other sprouting life sciences are biotechnology and nanotechnology.
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8. End of Millennium
by Blackwell Publishing, Incorporated
Paperback (15 January, 2000)
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Manuel Castells concludes the Information Age trilogy by considering the intersection of the global network society and factional project identities. As always, the scope of Castell's argument is far-ranging. Among the subjects addressed are the collapse of the Soviet Union; the potential emergence of the Asian Pacific as the next region of major world power; and the rapidly increasing growth of a "Fourth World"-- a series of "black holes of informational capitalism" (areas that have been cut off from the flow of wealth and information in the global economy) that refuses to confine itself to national borders--as likely to appear in the American inner city as it is in sub-Saharan Africa. He also raises the specter of a "global criminal economy," a dark counterpart to transnational corporations, and suggests that trends such as fascination with gangster movies "may well indicate the cultural breakdown of traditional moral order, and the implicit recognition of a new society, made up of communal identity and unruly competition."Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Sent an old edition
I was sent the first edition of this book even though a second is already out and has been for years.Not disclosed that this was older edition.

4-0 out of 5 stars Is information technology the culprit?
Many of the observations Prof. Catells made are valid, however the connection between information technology and the social problems are not very strong. The network states, global criminal society, wealth disparity, etc. are more or less the byproduct of globalization. Yes, information technology accelerates the rate of globalization. But would those social problems exist without information technology? Mostly likely yes. These phenomena are not new, they predate the advent of the Information Age (the World Wide Web and mass adoption of internet is a post-1990 phenomenon). Multinatioal organizations (or globalization) have been around for many decades, same goes for the North-South polical economic paradigm. So, attributing all these social problems to the Information Age (at least that is the impression I got out of it) may not be an accurate representation. Nonetheless, his trilogy does demonstrate the acute problem of a global digital divide, and he suggested some possible solutions in some of his other books.

1-0 out of 5 stars don't read it if you can help it
This is a horrible book and very hard to read.The author writes with long sentences that use big words throughout, that are not necessary in understanding his concepts.This book could have been written in half the words and you would have actually been able to comprehend it.VCR manuals read better than this book. ... Read more

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9. Evolve! : Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow
by Harvard Business School Press
Hardcover (February, 2001)
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Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter is the Eartha Kitt of change-management gurus. Just when you think the grand dame has taken her final bow, she comes bounding back onto the scene with a new act that's as shrewd and insightful as anything any young kitten has to offer--but benefiting from decades of wisdom and experience that puts the whole litter to shame. Take, for instance, Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars New Economy Lobotomy & more....
Author Kanter is the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard (or was when she wrote the book), She has been named as on eof the 50 most powerful women in the world by the TIMES of London. Based on more than 300 inteviews and a global survey of more than 700 companies, the book Evolve! is a study in e-culture, strategy and community. Written back in 2001 -- the book still deserves to be on the shelf of every business exec or entrepreneur in this continually evolving new economy (and at the bargain price it's available on Amazon.com -- add it to your collection now). Kanter talks about talent, change (not just cosmetic) and social evolution...community takes a big role. Perhaps the one element she could have covered better is content-- since so much of what we see today is user generated content and content that is 2-way interactive. Commerce is not a one way street anymore....still the book covers many basics I'm sure you did not learn in B School and it gives insight and strategy into the why's and e-culture and how the Internet fits into the corporate structure of today and tomrorow...or perhaps how it is shaping it....The index is very good and can be used as a reference for making presentations at work or in developing your next-gen digital commerce start-up!

3-0 out of 5 stars Still relevant for e-business managers in traditional firms
This book is to some extent out-of-date. It is written in the dot-com era. And there is indeed a lot of hype on the young start-ups' heroic characteristics such as speed, flexibility, and courage that traditional large companies couldn't compete with in the short run. Today, we all know that these characteristics didn't stand the test of time in a ruthless competitive landscape.
5-0 out of 5 stars About the author...
This review is not so much about the book but rather about the author. I had the chance to have Rosabeth Moss Kanter as a Professor for a semester last year while doing an MBA at Harvard. She has an extraordinary personality, full of passion, full of colors and surprises. A fresh, insightful and pragmatic perspective of the world. A Grand lady who constantly evolves with her time. In my opinion, that's why her books, and Evolve! in particular, are so well written and so inspirational for all of us. Grand books are the reflect of Grand personalities. I cannot wait to get her new book "Confidence". ... Read more

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10. Walt Disney's Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow
by Harry N Abrams
Hardcover (September, 1982)
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5-0 out of 5 stars EPCOT ROCKS
This book is really good for the beginning-advanced disney lover. Go ahead and get it if you would really like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars for sale?
I have a copy of the book and love it. If anyone needs the larger book (over 200 pages) let me know, I have two copies and have an offer for 100-120 for it currently. 5-0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome
I first read Walt Disney's Epcot Center right after the park had first opened. It's Awesome! If your a Disney nut like I am, you will definately like this book. It gives all of the ideas Walt Disney had for the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tommorrow.(EPCOT) ... Read more

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11. Normal Accidents
by Princeton University Press
Paperback (27 September, 1999)
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Hang a curtain too close to a fireplace and you run the risk of setting your house ablaze. Drive a car on a pitch-black night without headlights, and you dramatically increase the odds of smacking into a tree.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book will change the way you think.
This book will change the way you think. It's as simple as that.Really eye-opening and persuasive arguments and examples as to why the absence of accidents per se is not an adequate indicator of a system's safety. Near-accidents are a better metric.Fascinating!

4-0 out of 5 stars Recommend but there are some errors in the details
I purchased and read the book for the concepts but enjoyed the examples.However, I did find several errors in the events in which I am familiar. Specifically those of space flight.In as little as four pages (pp267-270) he makes three errors.It makes me wonder about the accuracy of the rest of the book's examples.
4-0 out of 5 stars The Beginnings of an Influential Theory
having obtained a second hand copy of "Normal Accidents" in the original 1984 edition, it is fascinating to see how many of the accident scenarios are still valid today. When compared with Lagadec's thesis published in 1982 ("Major Technological Risk", Pergamon Collection Futuribles, o. o. p.), the style is easier to understand, and the book is leaning a little more towards US culture and thinking of the 1980s. Incidentally, Lagadec himself reflected in a 1997 paper how "Normal Accident Theory" had become one of the generic views that engineers and/or sociologists had developed since the early 1990s. Even in 1996, Hood and Jones ("Contemporary Debates in Risk Management") quote Perrow as one of the significant contributors to the fundamental debate in risk management.
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12. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
by Simon & Schuster
Paperback (21 January, 1998)
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Considering that the history of the Internet is perhaps better documented internally than any other technological construct, it is remarkable how shadowy its origins have been to most people, including die-hard Net-denizens! Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for those only mildly techy
Great history without being so technical that it gets dry.Recommend for anyone that has an interest in how we got to this point in the revolution of the internet but isnt so techy that you know how to code html by hand!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on the history of the internet
This was an excellent account of how the internet was created and how both ARPA and distributed networking has shaped what we use now everyday.. This book provided an excellent account of what the founders of the internet had to deal with in order to design what we have today..3-0 out of 5 stars A good book about the history of the net
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13. The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution Will Change Our Lives
by Harvard Business School Press
Hardcover (October, 1997)
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From the advent of electronic communications, there's been talk about how the world has been shrinking. Frances Cairncross, senior editor for the Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Prudent Optimism
I recently read this brilliant book before reading Cairncross' more recently published The Company of the Future. I highly recommend both and suggest that they be read in the order in which they were written.5-0 out of 5 stars A look into the future
In this updated paperback edition of the 1997 original, Frances Cairncross of The Economist expounds the theory that, with the introduction of the Internet and new communications technologies, distance as a relevant factor in how we conduct our business and personal lives is becoming irrelevant. This, she claims, will be the single most important economic force shaping all of society over the next half century.1-0 out of 5 stars Written by an economist?No kidding.
It would appear that this book continues the line of technological revolutionists/determinists - who provide no reasons as to why this new 'communications revolution' should be able to change our society apart fromwide-eyed 'look at what this technology will allow' type suggestions.Justbecause we have the ability to do something, doesn't mean everyone will doit and thus change society.Read more

Subjects:  1. Business / Economics / Finance    2. Business Communication - General    3. Business/Economics    4. Forecasting    5. Information Technology    6. Social aspects    7. Technology    8. Technology And Social Change    9. Telecommunication    10. Telecommunications    11. Business & Management    12. Media, information & communication industries   


14. What Will Be: How the World of Information Will Change Our Lives
by HarperSanFrancisco
Hardcover (26 March, 1997)
list price: $25.00
Isbn: 0062514792
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Many have predicted what emerging technology will mean for society. Michael Dertouzos, an Internet pioneer and Head of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science, has been among the few who've been pretty much right so far. Now he reaches into the coming century to paint a compelling, rationally developed picture of what's ahead. Dertouzos' fluid freedom from the pollyanna-ism or paranoia that afflict so many of his contemporaries brings to his visions the ring of both conviction and plausibility--and excitement as well. His crystal explanations and fascinating examples are irresistible. The result is a book as enjoyable as it is important. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars What can be not what will be
What will be, by Michael Dertouzos, is indeed an interesting read despite his lack of support for his thesis.By the nature of the title and subtitle, the reader is teased with a possible glimpse into our technological future. Perhaps the book should have been titled, What can be.How the new world of information can change our lives.The largest stumbling block toward accepting the title and premise is Deertouzos' careful avoidance of information technology venture capitalism, marketing, and legal environments that determine what actually is designed, manufactured and marketed.If an author infers that technology will actually happen, then they are obligated to explain when and how momentous longstanding roadblocks will be removed.Of course these issues are discussed but in a highly speculative and vague manner.On a positive note, the section What is Wrong with Technology is very clear and makes the book worth reading. I recommend this book.Despite content sprinkled with lofty assertions, Dertouszos prepares the reader for technological issues which will continue to revolutionize our world.

4-0 out of 5 stars A book about OUR future.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Dertouzos boldly predicted a place where people could freely exchange information and services using a personal computer. Today this place is widely known as the Internet. Dr. Dertouzos, head of the MIT Lab for Computer Science, uses this book to share more of his ideas and predictions of "What Will Be" in the future.4-0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs to know What Will Be!
I didn't know anything about Michael Dertouzos prior to discovering and reading this book. It's a presentation of a man's visions of our world's digital future. However, he is not just any man. Dertouzos has been director of the MIT Computer Science Lab for several decades, and has been a leading party in many discoveries and innovations that took place in MIT, or with collaboration to it. He has for many years been a most active participant in the evolution of computers, networks and the Internet itself, thus being the most suitable one to try to envision a picture of our networked world as it will be in the near future.Read more

Subjects:  1. Business/Economics    2. Computer Science    3. Future Studies    4. General    5. Information Industries (Economic Aspects)    6. Information services industry    7. Information society    8. Information systems    9. Information technology    10. Social Aspects    11. Technology    12. Technology & Industrial Arts    13. Technology And Social Change    14. Modern fiction    15. Self-Help / General   


15. Diffusion of Innovations: A Select Bibliography (Bibliographies and Indexes in Sociology)
by Greenwood Press
Hardcover (07 July, 1989)
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Isbn: 0313266980
Sales Rank: 1200979
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Subjects:  1. Bibliographies & Indexes    2. Bibliography    3. Diffusion of innovations    4. Reference    5. Sociology    6. Technology And Social Change    7. Bibliographies, catalogues, discographies    8. Sociology, Social Studies   


16. Society and Technological Change
by Worth Publishers
Paperback (January, 2001)
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Isbn: 1572599529
Sales Rank: 476233
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE
As a student of philosophy, this book is fantastic.Volti's intelligent perspective on technology and its affect on society is breathtaking.Furthermore, his style is unique and fun to read, leaving no room for misunderstandings.Volti is a professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the highly esteemed Pitzer College in California.I highly recomend reading this book, Volti's insight will change your life.

1-0 out of 5 stars VERY BORING BOOK
This book is extremely boring! I had a class -Society and Technology where I had to read this book and I love reading but to finish one chapter of the book was hell! no kidding. 5-0 out of 5 stars Great text for education or pleasue
Volti brings to life the wonderous oft-forgotten connection between people and the things they make.This book explores how society has influences technology, and how technology has influenced society. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. General    2. Science/Mathematics    3. Social aspects    4. Sociology    5. Sociology - General    6. Technological innovations    7. Technology    8. Technology And Social Change    9. Technology And Society    10. Impact of computing & IT on society   


17. Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century
by University of California Press
Paperback (20 December, 1995)
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Isbn: 0520203542
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The story of the development of artificial light in the 19th century is not only a history of its technology but a revelation of how that technology helped forge modern consciousness. The range of subjects includes the political symbolism of streetlamps, the rise of nightlife and the shop window, and the importance of the salon in the bourgeois culture. Very Highly Recommended. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars illuminating reading
This rather obscure book shouldn't be; a very meticulous and perceptive history of an important subject, the history of artificial light, Schivelbusch provides excellent research but, significantly, adds unexpected observations along the way, such as the political dimension of artificial light, light as an expression of statist control. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
An interesting treatment that focuses on the social aspects of technology, and a useful reminder of way of life that seems long past but is chronologically recent. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Customs & Traditions    2. History    3. History Of Technology    4. Science    5. Science/Mathematics    6. Technology And Social Change    7. Electrical power industries    8. History / General    9. History of science    10. Social history    11. Sociology, Social Studies    12. c 1800 to c 1900   


18. Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate
by Harper San Francisco
Hardcover (September, 1997)
list price: $24.00
Isbn: 0062514822
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Steven Johnson turns the tables on the way we consider our computer interfaces. While many discussions focus on how interfaces help us work by adapting to our ways of thinking and our real-world metaphors, Johnson jumps from there to look at how our thinking and world view are altered by our computer interfaces.Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Doctoral Student. Gonzaga University, Spokane WA.
Before I continue with a review I would like to explain what "Interface" means in terms of the title of the book: Is the interaction between the user and the computer through soft wares and programs, in order to have a communication technology goal and meaning. This "interface serves as a kind of translator, mediating between the two parties, making one sensible to the other."(P: 14) The relationship between the computer and the human is made by meaning and expression rather than physical force.
5-0 out of 5 stars Doctoral Student. Gonzaga University, Spokane WA.
Before I continue with a review I would like to explain what

2-0 out of 5 stars Good first chapter, little ensuing worth
The premise of the book set out in the first chapter was fascinating. Interfaces shape our perceptions, just as Marshall McLuhan proclaimed in "The Medium is the Message."Read more

Subjects:  1. Communication and culture    2. Computer Bks - General Information    3. Computers    4. Computers - General Information    5. Computers And Society    6. General    7. Information Technology    8. Information society    9. Reference - General    10. Social Science    11. Social aspects    12. Sociology    13. Sociology - General    14. Technology And Social Change    15. Social & Legal Aspects of Computing   


19. Technology and Society in Twentieth Century America: An Anthology
by Wadsworth Publishing Company
Paperback (January, 1989)
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Isbn: 0534109276
Sales Rank: 654587
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Subjects:  1. History: American    2. Social aspects    3. Sociology    4. Sociology - General    5. Technology    6. Technology And Social Change    7. United States    8. Impact of science & technology on society    9. Sociology, Social Studies   


20. A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present
by Oxford University Press, USA
Hardcover (01 August, 2000)
list price: $44.50
Isbn: 0195127013
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Does the Information Age predate computers? Does it, in fact, predate the Industrial Age? Though this thesis isn't explicitly examined in Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good subject, but poor editing
I bought this book because my work is in information reporting and I thought it would provide an interesting perspective. It did succeed at that.Because I come from a technical background, I had a little trouble getting started with the book, until I released it was written from a sociology background.Once I got past that I enjoyed the book except for the ...3-0 out of 5 stars Poor editing
This book was interesting, but the editing was so poor that I started to mistrust what I was reading. For instance the famous first telegraph message "What hath God wrought" was printed as "What God hath wrought." The book is full of typos.

5-0 out of 5 stars An exciting history of information media.
This book is a collection of essays on the movement of information, and how it has transformed the United States from its colonial beginnings to today. At the very beginning, the founders of the country subsidized the transportation of newspapers through the postal system; this allowed the free flow of information between cities and states, across the entire continent. As technology increased, it inevitably speeded and expanded the amount of information flowing throughout the country--from the railroad, through the telegraph, telephone, radio, motion pictures, television, and on into computers.Read more

Subjects:  1. Business & Economics    2. Business / Economics / Finance    3. Business/Economics    4. Economic History    5. History    6. Information Management    7. Information Technology    8. Technology And Social Change    9. United States    10. United States - General    11. 20th century    12. American history    13. Business & Economics / Economic History    14. Business | History    15. Impact of science & technology on society    16. North America    17. USA    18. c 1700 to c 1800    19. c 1800 to c 1900   


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