What Will Be

How the World of Information Will Change

Author: Michael L. Dertouzos

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061873322

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Michael Dertouzos has been an insightful commentator and an active participant in the creation of the Information Age.Now, in What Will Be, he offers a thought-provoking and entertaining vision of the world of the next decade -- and of the next century. Dertouzos examines the impact that the following new technologies and challenges will have on our lives as the Information Revolution progresses: all the music, film and text ever produced will be available on-demand in our own homes your "bodynet" will let you make phone calls, check email and pay bills as you walk down the street advances in telecommunication will radically alter the role of face-to-face contact in our lives global disparities in infrastructure will widen the gap between rich and poor surgical mini-robots and online care will change the practice of medicine as we know it. Detailed, accessible and visionary, What Will Be is essential for Information Age revolutionaries and technological neophytes alike.

What Will Be

Die Zukunft des Informationszeitalters

Author: Michael L. Dertouzos

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783709174081

Category: Science

Page: 492

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Michael L. Dertouzos, langjähriger Leiter des Informatik-Instituts am MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA), prognostizierte bereits in den 70er Jahren die Etablierung des Internet. Kurz vor der Jahrtausendwende entwirft er wieder ein realistisches Bild unserer Zukunft. Sein Buch What Will Be wurde in Amerika sofort nach Erscheinen zum Bestseller. Er beschreibt darin, wie die rasante Entwicklung der Informationstechnologie unser Leben verändern wird. Anschaulich und unterhaltsam, mit Beispielen und Anekdoten illustriert, führt er uns in eine neue Welt. Viele Bereiche des Alltags wie Kommunikation, Gesundheitswesen, Unterhaltung, Arbeitswelt und Wirtschaftsleben werden einem umfassenden Wandel unterworfen sein. Die "informationelle Revolution” hat bereits begonnen. Nach der Lektüre dieses Buches wissen Sie, wohin sie führt. "... ein ansprechender und klarsichtiger Wegweiser in die Zukunft, voller Einsichten, wie die Informationstechnologie unser Leben und unsere Welt im nächsten Jahrhundert umgestalten wird ... Wer an der heraufziehenden informationellen Revolution teilnimmt – und das sind wir eigentlich alle – muß erkennen, was auf uns zukommt." Aus dem Geleitwort von Bill Gates "... wird uns der Informationsmarkt zwingen, unsere humanistischen und technischen Sichtweisen einander anzunähern ..." Michael L. Dertouzos "What Will Be ist ein geistreicher, profunder Blick auf unser zukünftiges Leben." Esther Dyson

Die Physik der Zukunft

Unser Leben in 100 Jahren

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644039216

Category: Science

Page: 624

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Wie werden wir leben – in 20, 60, 100 Jahren? Star-Physiker Michio Kaku sagt der Menschheit eine rosige Zukunft voraus. Roboter werden uns die Alltagsarbeit abnehmen. Küchengeräte und andere Maschinen steuern wir mit der Kraft unserer Gedanken. Medizinische Nanobots werden aufmerksam durch unsere Blut- und Nervenbahnen eilen und sogar Krebs heilen. Zu lästigen Meetings schicken wir unser Hologramm – an einen Konferenztisch mit virtuellen Menschen und solchen aus Fleisch und Blut. Informationen können direkt über die Retina ins Kleinhirn projiziert werden. Wir beherrschen auch das Wetter, und Nationalstaaten spielen kaum noch eine Rolle. Trotzdem werden wir weiter reisen, uns treffen, Sport treiben und in die Kneipe gehen, weil Menschen nun mal so sind. Science-Fiction? Nein, seriöse Zukunftsforschung. Eingängig beschreibt Michio Kaku, wie der Weg in diese Zukunft aussieht – denn vieles davon wird heute schon in Wissenschaft und Industrie vorbereitet. Kaku hat weltweit 300 Forscher von Rang befragt, wie die gesellschaftlich-technische Entwicklung ihrer Voraussicht nach verlaufen wird: von der Künstlichen Intelligenz bis zur Raumfahrt, von der Medizin und Biologie bis zur Nanotechnologie. Und er präsentiert seine Befunde überzeugend und mit leichter Hand. «Was für ein wunderbares Abenteuer ist dies, der Versuch, das Undenkbare zu denken.» (New York Times Book Review) «Atemberaubend.» (Welt am Sonntag)

Made in America

Author: Michael L. Dertouzos

Publisher: HarpPeren

ISBN: 9780060973407

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

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The biggest-selling book in MIT history, Made in America is the definitive account of how America works. Based on interviews with hundreds of workers, this vivid portrait not only identifies weaknesses and problems in management and productivity, but offers workable solutions for making American business work well again.

Net Kids

Die digitale Generation Erobert Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft

Author: N.A

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322828026

Category: Social Science

Page: 405

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Windows on the Future

Education in the Age of Technology

Author: Ted McCain,Ian Jukes

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9780761977124

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 146

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Foreword by David D. Thornburg Windows on the Future was designed to help the educator cope with changes created by technology and embrace a new mind-set necessary to access burgeoning technological advances. was designed to help the educator cope with changes created by technology and embrace a new mind-set necessary to access burgeoning technological advances.

The Unfinished Revolution

Human-Centered Computers and What They Can Do for Us

Author: Michael L. Dertouzos

Publisher: HarperBusiness

ISBN: 9780066620671

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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If our cars were as difficult to drive as our computers are to operate, they would never leave the garage. Yet everyday we put up with infuriating complications and incomprehensible error messages that spew forth from our technology: software upgrades crash our machines, Web sites take forever to download, e-mail overwhelms us. We spend endless time on the phone waiting for automated assistance. In effect, we continue to serve our machines' lowly needs, instead of insisting that they serve us -- a situation that will only get worse as millions of new mobile devices arrive on the scene. Our world doesn't have to be this way. It shouldn't be this way. Wouldn't it be great if using your computer was as effortless as steering your car? In The Unfinished Revolution, Michael Dertouzos introduces human-centered computing a radical change in the way we fashion and use computer systems that will ultimately make this goal possible. The Unfinished Revolution is nothing less than an inspired manifesto for the future of computing. Dertouzos's vision will change how businesses, organizations, and governments work with each other, and how individuals interact. It represents the dawn of a new era in information technology. Human-centered computing goes well beyond the empty promises of "user-friendly" interfaces. At its foundation are five key technologies that will dramatically amplify our human capabilities: natural interaction, automation, individualized information access, collaboration, and customization. Human-centered systems will understand us when we speak to them; will do much of our routine brainwork for us; will get us the information we want, when and where we want it; will help us work with other people across space and time; and will adapt on their own to our individual needs and desires. By exploiting these five emerging technologies in combination -- in our professional specialties and in our personal lives -- we will see a vast increase in our productivity and a marked change in the ways we live and work. Human-centered technologies will make computers simpler, more natural, and more useful to us. The collective benefits of human-centered machines will give ordinary people capabilities that go beyond those enjoyed today by the most privileged. Human-centered systems will give us the gaspedal, brakes, and steering wheel of the Information Age. When can all this happen? Dertouzos says the time to start is now. You can begin simplifying and improving your relationship with computers today. Dertouzos offers dozens of scenarios that illustrate the potential of human centered computing, as well as a preview of the MIT Oxygen project -- a prototype now under development that aims to make pervasive human-centered computing a reality. Dertouzos also provides the new century's first glimpse of how upcoming information technology advances will significantly improve our lives and truly revolutionize our relationships with the computer. This is a book for everyone, professionals and nonspecialists, who yearn for machines that live up to the grand promise of the Information Revolution -- fulfilling real human needs with greater simplicity -- that still lingers unfulfilled. The Unfinished Revlolution is for those who want to enhance their computer productivity and fun, in short, for every person who wants to do more by doing less.

Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy

Author: George Fallis

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442612673

Category: Education

Page: 475

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Multiversities are sprawling conglomerates that provide liberal undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. As well-springs of innovation and ideas, these universities represent the core of society's research enterprise. Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy forcibly argues that, in the contemporary world, multiversities need to be conceptualized in a new way, that is, not just as places of teaching and research, but also as fundamental institutions of democracy. Building upon the history of universities, George Fallis discusses how the multiversity is a distinctive product of the later twentieth century and has become an institution of centrality and power. He examines five characteristics of our age - the constrained welfare state, the information technology revolution, postmodern thought, commercialization, and globalization - and in each case explains how the dynamic of multiversity research alters societal circumstances, leading to the alteration of the institution itself and creating challenges to its own survival. The character of our age demands reappraisal of the multiversity, Fallis argues, in order to safeguard them from so-called 'mission drift.' Writing from a multi-national perspective, this study establishes how similar ideas are shaping multiversities across the Anglo-American world. Ultimately, Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy seeks to uncover the ethos of the multiversity and to hold such institutions accountable for their contribution to democratic life. It will appeal to anyone interested in the role of education in society.

The Spike

How Our Lives Are Being Transformed By Rapidly Advancing Technologies

Author: Damien Broderick

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 0312700903

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 384

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The rate at which technology is changing our world--not just on a global level like space travel and instant worldwide communications but on the level of what we choose to wear, where we live, and what we eat--is staggeringly fast and getting faster all the time. The rate of change has become so fast that a concept that started off sounding like science fiction has become a widely expected outcome in the near future - a singularity referred to as The Spike. At that point of singularity, the cumulative changes on all fronts will affect the existence of humanity as a species and cause a leap of evolution into a new state of being. On the other side of that divide, intelligence will be freed from the constraints of the flesh; machines will achieve a level of intelligence in excess of our own and boundless in its ultimate potential; engineering will take place at the level of molecular reconstruction, which will allow everything from food to building materials to be assembled as needed from microscopic components rather than grown or manufactured; we'll all become effectively immortal by either digitizing and uploading our minds into organic machines or by transforming our bodies into illness-free, undecaying exemplars of permanent health and vitality. The results of all these changes will be unimaginable social dislocation, a complete restructuring of human society and a great leap forward into a dazzlingly transcendent future that even SF writers have been too timid to imagine. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Home Informatics and Telematics

Information, Technology and Society

Author: Andy Sloane,Felix van Rijn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0387355111

Category: Computers

Page: 220

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This volume is composed of the best papers submitted to the HOIT2000 conference held in Wolverhampton, U. K. in June 2000. The conference, entitled "IT at home: Virtual influences on everyday life", and the papers reflect the wide variety of these influences that are coming to bear on our everyday experience, be it through the increasing use of computers or the rapid development of new telecommunications systems. The conference has been organised by IFIP Working Group 9. 3 - Home-Oriented Informatics and Telematics (HOIJ) , in association with IFIP Working Group 13. 2- Methodology for user-centred system design. This gives a broad range of topics that are within the sphere of interest of the participants and the authors of the papers. The disciplines involved in the study of this subject area are varied composing computing, telecommunications, psychology, sociology, business studies and others. The conference is the second in a series of HOlT conferences, the first being held in Copenhagen in 1994. The subject is now more mature with the various disciplines being increasingly interested in the home as a research domain. The various technical developments over the time since the first conference have also had a profound effect on the way in which people communicate both in the home and at work. The rise in the use of the Internet has changed the way in which many people view communication and access to information sources.

Digital Aboriginal

The Direction of Business Now: Instinctive, Nomadic, and Ever-Changing

Author: Mikela Tarlow,Philip Tarlow

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759527652

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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The Aborigine's view of the world suggests that all things are interconnected. Every relationship in turn influences every other relationship. Along these same lines, this book reveals how the modern-day business world organizes this unlimited range of possibilities and how readers can reorganize and redirect business plans merely by shifting marketing beliefs.

Economic Systems Analysis and Assessment

Intensive Systems, Organizations,and Enterprises

Author: Andrew P. Sage,William B. Rouse

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118015483

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 500

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An Authoritative Introduction to a Major Subject in Systems Engineering and Management This important volume fills the need for a textbook on the fundamentals of economic systems analysis and assessment, illustrating their vital role in systems engineering and systems management. Providing extensive coverage on key topics, it assumes no prior background in mathematics or economics in order to comprehend the material. The book is comprised of five major parts: Microeconomics: a concise overview that covers production and the theory of the firm; theory of the consumer; market equilibria and market imperfections; and normative or welfare economics, including imperfect competition effects and consumer and producer surplus Program Management Economics: discusses economic valuation of programs and projects, including investment rates of return; cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis; earned value management; cost structures and estimation of program costs and schedules; strategic and tactical pricing issues; and capital investment and options Cost Estimation: reviews cost-estimation technologies involving precedented and unprecedented development, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software, software reuse, application generators, and fourth-generation languages Strategic Investments in an Uncertain World: addresses alternative methods for valuation of firms including Stern Stewart's EVA, Holt's CFROI, and various competing methodologies Contemporary Perspectives: covers ongoing extensions to theory and practice that enable satisfactory treatment of the increasing returns to scale, network effects, and path-dependent issues generally associated with contemporary ultra-large-scale telecommunications and information networks Also discussed in this comprehensive text are normative or welfare economics and behavioral economics; COCOMO I and II and COSYSMO as examples of a cost model; and options-based valuation models and valuation of information technology intensive enterprises. Economic Systems Analysis and Assessment serves as an ideal textbook for senior undergraduate and first-year graduate courses in economic systems analysis and assessment, as well as a valuable reference for engineers and managers involved with information technology intensive systems, professional economists, cost analysts, investment evaluators, and systems engineers.

Post-Modern Pilgrims

First Century Passion for the 21st Century World

Author: Leonard Sweet

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 1433674505

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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There is a legend of a Welsh Prince Madoc whose ship became stuck in Chesapeake Bay. After trying unsuccessfully to escape, he had his men row out with the anchor, drop it as far into the sea as they could, and then the ship winched its way forward. The image of the church as a boat and tradition as an anchor is prevalent in Christian art. If we examine the biblical view of an anchor, we find, like Prince Madoc, we are to cast our anchor into the future and pull the church forward.Postmodern pilgrims must strive to keep the past and the future in perpetual conversation so every generation will find a fresh expression of the Gospel that is anchored solidly to “the faith that was once for all delivered.”

Philosophy and Computing

An Introduction

Author: Luciano Floridi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134679599

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Philosophy and Computing explores each of the following areas of technology: the digital revolution; the computer; the Internet and the Web; CD-ROMs and Mulitmedia; databases, textbases, and hypertexts; Artificial Intelligence; the future of computing. Luciano Floridi shows us how the relationship between philosophy and computing provokes a wide range of philosophical questions: is there a philosophy of information? What can be achieved by a classic computer? How can we define complexity? What are the limits of quantam computers? Is the Internet an intellectual space or a polluted environment? What is the paradox in the Strong Artificial Intlligence program? Philosophy and Computing is essential reading for anyone wishing to fully understand both the development and history of information and communication technology as well as the philosophical issues it ultimately raises.

Core, Communication, Leadership

Building Blocks for a Successful Leader!

Author: Luke Lee Tet

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452527245

Category: Self-Help

Page: 102

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a mother, father, big brother, sister, grandparent, business owner, manager or someone else: You have to lead somebody. But if you don’t have rapport with each and every one of your team members, you’re not going to end up where you want to go, which is why Luke Lee Tet wrote this workbook—so you can arrive at your desired destination. As a former softball player for Australia who won a gold medal and now as a coach of junior softball, he knows how to win. In plain language, he delivers strategies and insights that will help you: • understand different ways people around you learn; • cultivate the skills that effective leaders have in common; • follow seven steps of active listening; • promote a winning culture. What you learn about yourself and those around will do much more than enhance your leadership skills. You’ll be equipped to live a more fulfilling life with Core, Communication, Leadership.

$20 Per Gallon

How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better

Author: Christopher Steiner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0446562025

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives. Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work. Consider the following societal changes: people who own homes in far-off suburbs will soon realize that there's no longer any market for their houses (reason: nobody wants to live too far away because it's too expensive to commute to work). Telecommuting will begin to expand rapidly. Trains will become the mode of national transportation (as it used to be) as the price of flying becomes prohibitive. Families will begin to migrate southward as the price of heating northern homes in the winter is too pricey. Cheap everyday items that are comprised of plastic will go away because of the rising price to produce them (plastic is derived from oil). And this is just the beginning of a huge and overwhelming domino effect that our way of life will undergo in the years to come. Steiner, an engineer by training before turning to journalism, sees how this simple but constant rise in oil and gas prices will totally re-structure our lifestyle. But what may be surprising to readers is that all of these changes may not be negative - but actually will usher in some new and very promising aspects of our society. Steiner will probe how the liberation of technology and innovation, triggered by climbing gas prices, will change our lives. The book may start as an alarmist's exercise.... but don't be misled. The future will be exhilarating.

The Hidden World of Relationships

Author: Judith Turner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743204603

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 400

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Presents a guide to the secrets of making relationships--personal, professional, and familial--thrive, in a collection of 366 portraits that draw on elements of astrology, psychology, and psychic thoughts.

Globalisation and the Environment Perspectives from OECD and Dynamic Non-Member Economies

Perspectives from OECD and Dynamic Non-Member Economies

Author: OECD

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9264162658

Category:

Page: 128

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Globalisation is changing the context of environmental management at national, regional and global levels and is creating new challenges to, and opportunities for, the public and private sectors in the transition to sustainable development. This volume presents papers on these subjects.

The Optimal Health Revolution

How Inflammation Is the Root Cause of the Biggest Killers & How the Cutting-Edge Science of Nutrigenomics Can Transform Your Long-Term Health

Author: Duke Johnson

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1935251066

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 376

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A plan for preventing the persistent inflammation that may lead to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems. Science has begun to discover that many of our most lethal diseases have a common underlying cause: persistent inflammation, an over-active reaction of our natural immune system function resulting in cell and tissue destruction. This persistent inflammation is triggered by our industrial lifestyles, including exposure to chemicals, synthetic food ingredients, pollution, and processed foods. As Newsweek reports: “Researchers are linking inflammation to an ever-wider array of chronic illnesses. Suddenly medical puzzles seem to be fitting together, such as why hypertension puts patients at increased risk of Alzheimer’s, or why rheumatoid-arthritis sufferers have higher rates of sudden cardiac death. They’re all connected on some fundamental level.” But inflammation, and the risks of chronic diseases it brings, can be managed. Lifestyle and nutritional change is part of the answer. But the other part of the answer lies with ground-breaking information from a new field—nutrigenomics, the science of how your genes interact with nutrients. It is the study of how DNA and the genetic code affect a person’s need for certain nutrients and help maintain optimal health throughout life. The Optimal Health Revolution combines leading-edge science—including six hundred scientific references—with an easy to read style that make this critical information accessible to every reader. Relevant to both the researcher and medical doctor interested in the latest science and the casual reader looking to improve his or her health, this book makes a critical contribution to our understanding of health.