Being Digital

Being Digital

by Nicholas Negroponte


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ISBN-13: 9780679762904
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 769,570
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Negroponte is the author of the bestseller Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. Negroponte is the co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, which he directed for its first 20 years. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte is considered a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design. He gave the first TED talk in 1984 and has given over a dozen more since. He founded the non-profit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world.

Table of Contents

Part One: Bits Are Bits
1: The DNA of Information
2: Debunking Bandwidth
3: Bitcasting
4: The Bit Police
5: Commingled Bits
6: The Bit Business

Part Two: Interface
7: Where People and Bits Meet
8: Graphical Persona
9: 20/20 VR
10: Looking and Feeling
11: Can We Talk About This?
12: Less Is More

Part Three: Digital Life
13: The Post-Information Age
14: Prime Time Is My Time
15: Good Connections
16: Hard Fun
17: Digital Fables and Foibles
18: The New E-xpressionists
Epilogue: An Age of Optimism
After Words

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Being Digital 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TimothyBurke on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Worth reading now in the same way that most old futurism is worth reading, as a lesson in humility. Still, even back then, the wild-eyed, heedless promises of digitization being able to slice bread, wash your underwear, perform rhinoplasty and usher in a boundless era of unending world peace ought to have occasioned a few more doubts than they evidently did.
sarahlouise on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I remember reading this book and Tim taught me how to count in "digital." I promptly forgot. This book is well written. Also, my dad served as Econ counselor to Ambassador John Negroponte (Nicholas's brother) in the 80s in Honduras.
TeeMcp on LibraryThing 5 months ago
15 years on, this is an interesting read if only to see how many predictions came to fruition. Almost spooky really. Not gonna spoil it by saying which ones, but would recommend to geeks & historians alike.
Nagel_Family_Library on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Reviewing this book again 10 years later, it's fantastic to see just how much of what he wrote then is today concidered just a part of the norm of life.Highly recomended!
rcampoamor on LibraryThing 9 months ago
A bit dated now, but at the time (1995) this book did a great job of capturing the imagination of what the Internet and digital technologies could bring to the world. The result was, er, a bit different.