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The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

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by Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold

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Now updated with new material, this optimistic and refreshingly realistic book explores Bill Gates' vision of what the future holds. In clear, accessible, jargon-free style, Gates shows how, just as the personal computer revolutionized the way we work, the emerging technologies of the digital age will transform forever the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate.


Now updated with new material, this optimistic and refreshingly realistic book explores Bill Gates' vision of what the future holds. In clear, accessible, jargon-free style, Gates shows how, just as the personal computer revolutionized the way we work, the emerging technologies of the digital age will transform forever the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate.

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Cengage Gale
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Large Print
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6.24(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.93(d)

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kmally More than 1 year ago
The Road Ahead” By Bill Gates was a fascinating novel.   Bill gates was a computer visionary who changed the world of technology forever. In this book the creator of Microsoft, predicts that the future world would be greatly influenced by technology and the use of computers. He vividly imagines that a computer will be an essential part of every American family. Gates also made an assumption that the internet would be an integral part of a person’s every day life.  He dreamed of a world where e commernce and technology could make things more accessible  and where life could be easier in general. At first glance this book seems very perculiar because it is a book from 1996 that talks about technology but after reading it almost seemed as if Bill Gates knew what the future of technology held. His predictions about computers and the internet were spot on and this really exemplifies how brilliant of a man Bill Gates actually was. Many people despise Bill gates for his extrordianry wealth, and I cannot say that I wasn’t one of them, but this book really showed me that Bill Gates deserves every penny that he has ever earned.  Only a man of Bill Gates’s caliber would be able to so confidently predict the future. This book is a must read for all ages, and it can really open your eyes to many ideas. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 .
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few days ago and, even though I am only 13, its probably the best book I've ever read. Even five years after it was published, it is very relavent to what's happening in computer technology today. I would give it six stars if I could