Page Good point and analogy about beginners with camcorders: they zoom and pan and try out all the features and make crappy videos, just like other people do with other things when they're starting out and before they learn to use moderation and subtlety.
He gives generous recognition to many individuals, like Douglas Engelbart, "the man who invented the mouse" way back in the early 's when he was at the Stanford Research Institute, and Alan Kay, "who is generally considered the father of personal computers" because of what he did in the early 70's, when he was at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center.
Page Faxes use ones and zeroes to indicated where there is and isn't ink on a page -- faxes were invented by the Japanese to send Kanji back and forth, because they couldn't be read by computers at the time. Page Negroponte predicts and demands SIRI Pages Pan-and-Scan explained Pages Apparently Virtual Reality was invented in and caught on in the s I remember using one in Disney World as an adolescent Page Cool use for force-feedback: "I was involved in building an early prototype of a machine that pushed back at you, a force-feedback device in which the effort required to move it could be a function of anything you wanted.
We will socialize in digital neighborhoods in which physical space will be irrelevant and time will play a different role.Knopf's latest entry, "Being Digital," flows from the pen or cursor of a wizard who is himself helping create the new cosmos into which we are hurtling. Negroponte provides scattered snippets of the histories of television and computers and their emerging integration into multimedia. Page Negroponte predicts and demands SIRI Pages Pan-and-Scan explained Pages Apparently Virtual Reality was invented in and caught on in the s I remember using one in Disney World as an adolescent Page Cool use for force-feedback: "I was involved in building an early prototype of a machine that pushed back at you, a force-feedback device in which the effort required to move it could be a function of anything you wanted. He believes that the mouse is a mediocre interface for point and click, and inadequate for drawing. As communication becomes increasingly digital, "many of the values of a nation-state will give way to those of both larger and smaller electronic communities. He explains how this revolution will change the way we live, think, and interact with one another and with technology, and foresees the challenges that lie ahead in developing truly global systems for delivering multimedia and other forms of digitally based information. The user could plot plans for a new highway by moving this force-feedback digitizer. But when I finished this instructive, fanciful, yet strangely disturbing book, I was moved to reaffirm my bond to the world of atoms -- to real things, like furniture and freight trains, concert halls and books. Some readers may be troubled by a nonchalant lack of systematic exposition, but to read "Being Digital" is to enter the future it describes, sort of like researching a topic on the Internet, following one's interests wherever fancy dictates.
Atoms, in his definition, are physical materials. The digital age is coming, Negroponte says, and it "cannot be denied or stopped Text: DESPITE predictions that in the multimedia age books will become obsolete, publishers are racing to provide readers with up-to-the-minute reports from the electronic frontiers.