The Invisible Future: The Seamless Integration of Technology into Everyday Life

Overview

Today's leading visionaries discuss the future of information technology

How will E-commerce and E-consumers interact in 2020? What will the relationship between man and machine, man and information, and information and machine mean for future generations? The Invisible Future assembles an elite group of 17 business and academic leaders to answer these and many other fascinating, strategically critical questions. The original essays they ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $18.53   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$18.53
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(493)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2001 Hardcover New

Ships from: san francisco, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$58.11
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(333)

Condition: New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$65.00
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(214)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Today's leading visionaries discuss the future of information technology

How will E-commerce and E-consumers interact in 2020? What will the relationship between man and machine, man and information, and information and machine mean for future generations? The Invisible Future assembles an elite group of 17 business and academic leaders to answer these and many other fascinating, strategically critical questions. The original essays they provide are as provocative and as powerful as the topics they discuss.

This wide-ranging collection offers tactical insights into the future of technology and computing. Essential reading for executives engaged in strategic planning, and anyone interested in the future of technology, The Invisible Future includes never-before published essays by:

  • Rodney Brooks
  • John Seely Brown
  • Rita Colwell
  • Michael Dertouzos
  • Alan Kay
  • Ray Kurzweil
  • Bob Metcalfe
  • And more

How Tomorrow's Technologies Will Impact Your Life—From the IT Leaders Who Are Laying the Foundations

Before you can build a future, you must first envision it. The Invisible Future is like a roundtable dialogue with 22 of today's high-tech thought leaders, examining existing and proposed technologies to discuss how they will dramatically impact life in the coming decades.

All agree on one point—technology is facilitating a new business, social, and cultural landscape. Each discusses particular features of that landscape. For example:

  • Technologist and inventor Ray Kurzweil describes nanorobots that will enter our bloodstreams to perform maintenance and repairs and directly connect to virtual reality.
  • Internet father Vint Cerf presents surprising ways in which computers will replace humans to dominate service roles.
  • Cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter is baffled by the surprising prowess of an automated music composer.
  • John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid dispute claims that our technology will get out of control and destroy the human race.
  • Digital tagging will enable us to locate every possession and know its condition; nothing will be lost or stolen for long.
  • "Smart" robots and sensors will infiltrate our daily lives—and eventually our bodies.
  • Machines will duplicate the musical prowess of Chopin and other great composers.

In the provocative and illuminating The Invisible Future, several of today's IT thought leaders describe a world in which technology is destined to become an even more ubiquitous component of our everyday lives. They discuss how the future might look and sound based on current technologies and innovation curves, and they help you formulate your own vision of tomorrow, as well as develop a plan for your place in that continually changing world.

Drawn from presentations given at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) conference Beyond Cyberspace, A Journey of Many Directions features the thoughts and findings of 27 visionary scientists, business leaders, and futurists, including:

  • Bob Metcalfe, inventor of the Ethernet and Cofounder, 3Com Corporation
  • Ray Kurzweil, author, The Age of Spiritual Machines
  • Rita Colwell, Director, National Science Foundation
  • David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate and President, California Institute of Technology
  • Douglas Hofstadter, Pulitzer-Prize winning author and Professor of Cognitive Science, Indiana University
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director, Hayden Planetarium
  • Rodney Brooks, Director, MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Alan Kay, Vice President and Fellow, Walt Disney Engineering
  • William Buxton, Chief Scientist, Alias/Wavefront
  • John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist and former Director, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
  • Michael Dertouzos, Director, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science

Essential reading for executives, decision-makers, and anyone interested in the future of technology, The Invisible Future features essays that are as wide-ranging and powerful as the topics they discuss. It takes you inside the minds of today's most brilliant and original thinkers and gets you ready to understand and excel in tomorrow's world—a world that will reserve its greatest rewards for those who have "seen" and prepared for it.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble Review
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.

Soundview Executive Book Summaries
When the Association of Computing Machinery held its conference in March 2001, 22 visionary scientists, futurists and business leaders presented their views on the theme, "Beyond Cyberspace: A Journey of Many Directions." Their essays, compiled here, describe the advancing nature of technology into our everyday lives, and advances their authors' visions of the future. One example: advances in digital tagging will help us locate our lost or stolen possessions. Copyright (c) 2002 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071382243
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Note from the Editor
Acknowledgments
Science's Endless Golden Age 1
A Compass for Computing's Future 15
Engineering the Ocean 27
How Biology Became an Information Science 43
Flesh and Machines 57
The Surprising Prowess of an Automated Music Composer 65
Free Market Electrical Network Management 87
The Computer Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet 109
Don't Count Society Out 117
Less Is More (More or Less) 145
Human-Centered Systems 181
Fine Living in Virtual Reality 193
Life After Internet 217
One Is Glad to Be of Service 227
Ambient Intelligence 235
When Our Environments Become Really Smart 251
Somatics in Cyberspace 277
When IT Becomes a Profession 295
Contributors 327
Additional Essays 341
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)