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What is the information highway? How will the new technology change our lives? Do I have to learn to use a computer? Will my job become obsolete? Welcome to The Road Ahead. We have all been bombarded by the seemingly endless hype about the information highway and the coming age of technology. Now, Bill Gates - who built Microsoft into one of the most successful companies in the world - gives us his vision of what the future holds for us. The Road Ahead is his bird's-eye view of the undiscovered territory on the ...
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What is the information highway? How will the new technology change our lives? Do I have to learn to use a computer? Will my job become obsolete? Welcome to The Road Ahead. We have all been bombarded by the seemingly endless hype about the information highway and the coming age of technology. Now, Bill Gates - who built Microsoft into one of the most successful companies in the world - gives us his vision of what the future holds for us. The Road Ahead is his bird's-eye view of the undiscovered territory on the information highway - an authoritative, thought-provoking, and very readable travel guide for the journey. In this optimistic and refreshingly realistic book, Gates looks ahead to show how the emerging technologies of the digital age will transform all our lives. As he says, we are on the brink of a new revolution, and crossing a technology threshold that will forever change the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other.

The Harvard dropout who founded Microsoft based on his vision of a personal computer in every home and on every desk offers a clearly written, accessible book which describes how the tools of the future will change the way we make choices about everything, from what we buy to how we choose our friends to how we protect our families in an increasingly complicated world. Includes a compact disc which is playable on CD-ROM and audio CD players.

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Library Journal
This recording, the third based on Gates's best-selling book (the original abridgment was reviewed in Audio Reviews, LJ 1/96; the unabridged edition was reviewed in Audio Reviews, LJ 8/96), has been updated to include Gates's-and by extension, MicrosoftR's-sudden realization that the Internet is the Holy Grail of computing. Having been beaten to the punch by Netscape Communications (whose ubiquitous World Wide Web browsers own anywhere from 70 to 90 percent of the market), Gates finds himself playing catch-up. Here, he lays out Microsoft's internet strategies and outlines a brief history of the Internet's meteoric rise in popularity. Thankfully, after reading the new and revised passages, our nerdy-voiced host hands the ball off to reader Rick Adamson, who seems much more comfortable in front of a microphone. Recommended for libraries that passed on the previous two audio incarnations of The Road Ahead and for larger collections where in popular technology materials circulate well. -Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
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Gates (CEO, Microsoft Corp.) offers his vision of what lies ahead in the area of new technology and its implications, a history of the Information Age, and projections of how the Information Highway will affect education, business, politics, commerce, and the home. Includes a CD-ROM containing the complete text of the book (why?), multimedia hyperlinks, an interview with Gates, and a World Wide Web browser. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780670772896
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
1 A Revolution Begins 1
2 The Beginning of the Information Age 20
3 Lessons from the Computer Industry 35
4 Applications and Appliances 65
5 Paths to the Highway 89
6 The Content Revolution 112
7 Implications for Business 135
8 Friction-Free Capitalism 157
9 Education: The Best Investment 184
10 Plugged In at Home 205
11 Race for the Gold 227
12 Critical Issues 250
Afterword 275
Index 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2010

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    THE ROAD AHEAD-I find that the road ahead is his birds eye view of the undiscovered territory on the information high-way- an uthoritative, thought- provoking, and vryeadable travel guide for the journey.

    In this optimistic ad refreshing realistic book. Gates looksaead to Show how the mergency technolgies othe digital age will transform all our lives. As he says, we are the rink of anew revolution, and crossing a technology threshholdthat will forever change the ay we buy, work, learn, and communicae with eachother. In The Road Ahead. GATES takes us back t when he choseto drop out of Harvard to start his own software company in order to participate in the rise of the personal computer he foresaw. just as the personal computer computer revolutionalized the way we work, the ools of the information age- which are, even now, becoming eeryday reality- will transfom te the way we make coices about almost everything. Bill G atesis chairmen, and chief Executive officer of microsoft corporation. led by the belief that personal computers would be on every desktop, and in every home, hecofounded microsoft in 1975. His enduring vision ad goal of making software easier, and more enjoyable for people are centeral to mirosoft success and continue to hape the entire software industry. Born and raisedin Seattle, Bll and his wife, Melinda, still reside in the Seattle area. NATHAN MYTHOLD, PH.D, is group Vice president, applications and content groups, at microsoft corporation. He joine microsoft in 1986, when it aquired a company he had founded. Dynamical systems, myhrvold also held a position ar cambridge University working with Stephen hawking and recieved a Doctorate in theoratical/marthematical physics from princeton universit. He is the member of the u.s. Advisory councel on the ntional information Infastructure. PETER RINEARSON is a Pulitizer Prize-winnig journalist who met bill gates in 1982, when he wrote the first ajor newspaper profile of Gates and Microsoft. Rinearson wrote the leading books of the u.s. f microsoft word and funded ALKI software corporation. He is also president of Raster Ranch, Ltd, a digital prduction studio. edcation; th best investmet great educators have always known that learning is not something you do only in classrooms, or only under the supervision of teachers. it's an exhilarating prospect, bcause putting this technology to use toimprove education will lead to downstream benifits in evey area of society. some fear that technology will dehumanize formal education, but anyone who has seen kids working together around computer, the way my frinds and i first did in 1968, or watched changes between students in classrooms seperated by oceans, knows the technology can humanize the education enviroment. the same technolgy enforces that ill make learning so necessary will also make it praical andenjoyable. corporations are reinventing themselves around the flexible opportunities afforded by information technology; classrooms will have to change as well. HOWARD GARDNER a proffessor at the harvard graduate school of education, argues that different children must be taught differently, because individuals understand the word in different ways. we will discover all sorts of different approaches to teaching because the highway tools will make it easier trying various measures and methods to measure their effectiveness. every member of society, including every child, will have more information easily at had than nyone has today. i believe that just the availability of information will spark the criousity and imagination of many education will become a very individual matter.. However, technology will be pivotal in the future .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2001

    SPELLBOUND

    I listened to the unabridged audio book with such rapt attention I scarcely blinked an eye for the several hours it played. The genius Mr. Gates brings to us is beyond comprehension. His contribution to the World needs to be praised rather than criticized - encouraged rather than stiffled. Any 'thinking' person can readily see that in the beginning he tried to get the technology industry involved on par and in partnership with his futuristic projects. It was the so-called 'Giants' who were asleep at the switch and awash with their own self/grandeur who caused them to fall behind and sink. Mr. Gates was indeed brave and totally courageous in his trust of his own business convictions. One can only imagine the hurt he must have felt when turned down and scoffed at by the very companies he respected. The history books will indeed be filled with acclaim for this most unselfish and brilliant pioneer who as much as any GLADIATOR is saving the World from collapse into archaic lethargy. Most people would rest and retire on their laurels with the wealth of Mr. Gates. He, however, is still writing, sharing, and creating more inventions to make the World a better, easier, happier, and creative environment for people in all walks of life. A MUST READ for one and all.

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