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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (658 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Negroponte Narrator: Penn Jillette Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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In lively, mordantly witty prose, Negroponte decodes the mysteries--and debunks the hype--surrounding bandwidth, multimedia, virtual reality, and the Internet, and explains why such touted innovations as the fax and the CD-ROM are likely to go the way of the BetaMax. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/15/2014

    " my first introduction to the world of digital culture. very interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peder Bjerge | 2/8/2014

    " A must read for people seeking an insight of the visions of the digital sage of MIT. Though much of the content today might seems a little bit like "been there, done that, bought the t-shirt" it still puts a lot of the web 2.0 hype in perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/26/2014

    " Back in 1995 this book opened a lot of eyes has to what to digital revolution could for and to society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Resonance | 1/24/2014

    " Offered, for the time, a few interesting ideas about how simple advances might change our complex lives. Has become a bit dated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 12/29/2013

    " Written in the mid-90s, this book was a great look forward to the future which is largely coming to pass. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timothy | 12/12/2013

    " Maybe I'm being unfair to this book. It is easy to read, and Negroponte is clearly brilliant. But it has little to offer the contemporary reader, except to show what people were thinking about in 1995. A lot of his predictions have come true in the interim, which is impressive but not really helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/10/2013

    " "Nice summary of current outlook in the world of digital media." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 bitchrepublic | 11/12/2013

    " fantastic overview - this guy has amazing insight. a good textbook for any students doing a communication degree "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Kelsey | 10/20/2013

    " This guy absolutely nails it. Written in 1995, and absolutely as relevant today as it was then. Everything he talks about has come to fruition. It's worth reading again every 5-10 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/9/2013

    " Shocking that this was written 15 years ago. It could be talking about today he is so accurate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/31/2013

    " Pretty old for being a book about the coming age of electronics and technology, but if you read it as an artifact rather than a predictor of things to come--you will realize just how far we have come in our technological advances, and that we are not too far from becoming cyborgs ourselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Stay | 12/1/2012

    " Prophetic. Although very ironic that the only way to read it is in atom form, instead of bit form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luigi | 10/1/2012

    " Well ahead of its time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel | 8/18/2012

    " The unique worldview an habits of mind among the digerati. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alain van Hoof | 5/20/2012

    " Read the Dutch translated version. Negroponte does predictions of the future of the digital age and some times comes close to the reality of today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Laiche | 4/14/2012

    " This book helped to direct and define my later career as scholar, historian, teacher, techie, and modern pagan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 6/28/2011

    " Even though it is now 15 years old it still is very useful, the theory of the change from atoms to bits is revolutionary. Negroponte named what has been going on: the move to a more and more digital world, like it or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Bell | 6/25/2011

    " This book is a bit older, but you'll find that many of the predictions in the book have either come true or are well on their way to reality. There are some interesting technologies discussed that haven't yet come to fruition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Apteris | 6/9/2011

    " A good book, which gets right more than it gets wrong. This is high praise for any book that deals with the future of technology. For a book published in 1995, the praise is higher still. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Paula Lorgia | 4/27/2011

    " Negroponte, inventor de Wired, como siempre, muy adelantado a su tiempo. Libro muy recomendado para los que quieren entender un poco mas sobre el origen del mundo digital. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Heath | 3/10/2011

    " Would have been really important in it's day but I think I came too late to it. Had higher expectations, it's all obvious now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Retarius | 1/9/2011

    " Negroponte shows a clearsighted approach to the development of the technology. A very interesting historical document. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 8/3/2010

    " Even though it is now 15 years old it still is very useful, the theory of the change from atoms to bits is revolutionary. Negroponte named what has been going on: the move to a more and more digital world, like it or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/11/2010

    " Shocking that this was written 15 years ago. It could be talking about today he is so accurate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/19/2009

    " It's always entertaining to read predictions of the future, but I don't put a lot of stock in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel | 5/12/2009

    " The unique worldview an habits of mind among the digerati. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arnaldo | 5/2/2009

    " Very good book about the information era. It was written in the 80´s, but worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Resonance | 10/31/2008

    " Offered, for the time, a few interesting ideas about how simple advances might change our complex lives. Has become a bit dated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Retarius | 5/22/2008

    " Negroponte shows a clearsighted approach to the development of the technology. A very interesting historical document. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 4/2/2008

    " Written in the mid-90s, this book was a great look forward to the future which is largely coming to pass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/1/2008

    " Pretty old for being a book about the coming age of electronics and technology, but if you read it as an artifact rather than a predictor of things to come--you will realize just how far we have come in our technological advances, and that we are not too far from becoming cyborgs ourselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/19/2008

    " "Nice summary of current outlook in the world of digital media." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/17/2007

    " I'm re-reading this and finding that what Nicholas Negroponte wrote years ago about the digital revolution has largely come to pass. What's most interesting is the way he can articulate the way digital changes our lives in concrete ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peder | 11/25/2007

    " A must read for people seeking an insight of the visions of the digital sage of MIT. Though much of the content today might seems a little bit like "been there, done that, bought the t-shirt" it still puts a lot of the web 2.0 hype in perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 9/7/2007

    " my first introduction to the world of digital culture. very interesting! "

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