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Imagine the future: say 10, 20 years out. What will technology be like? What impact will it have on us? Yes, the future is unpredictable: You can't just extrapolate today's trends, and we rarely recognize the true implications of a new technology until it's been around for decades (or centuries.) Still, the essays in The Invisible Future are invaluable, for what they tell us about where we're headed now, and for the help they give us in shaping our future.
The title arises from the recognition that information technology is rapidly becoming ubiquitous -- and invisible. But that just scratches the surface of the breadth of these essays. There's David Baltimore on biology as an information science, Douglas Hofstadter on computer music, Rodney Brooks on the growing maturity of robotics.
There are David Gelernter, Michael Dertouzos, and Bill Buxton on the future of human interaction with machines (and what it'll finally take to replace the "windows-icons-mice-pointers" metaphor). There are Martin Schuurmans and Bruce Sterling on the implications of tomorrow's intelligent environments, which provide instant access to information, communications, and entertainment -- everywhere.
One of these essays is likely to change the world. Which one? Only time will tell. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.