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Claims that this world is part of the "digital age" may scream out of the pages of Wired and other tech mags, but Neil A. Gershenfeld isn't satisfied yet. In When Things Start to Think, Gershenfeld presents his look at the truly cutting-edge wave of digital technology — an age where the microchip is worn into every fabric (yes, even clothing fabrics) of our daily lives.
Ten years ago, the personal computer was a lot slower — and a lot larger — than the models coming off the factory lines today. Gershenfeld isn't satisfied with those self-proclaimed "sleeker" models, though. His digital world is made up of personalized money, computers that you can wear, and computers integrated into the fabrics that you wear. Interface design needs to evolve, he argues, so that it can be receptive to all our senses; computer science must incorporate discoveries from the biological world in order to truly maximize the potential for human-machine interaction.
This integration of living beings and computers presents a future where technology is humanized, even more so than the blue eye-like contours of the iMac; instead, the experience is one of complete integration, where claims that the digital realm will replace the currently existing analog one are shushed by the harmony of biology and technology working in synergy to forge into heretofore unimagined territories.