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No one can be sure of the future or what is going to happen but there are those who are imaginative enough to predict it In Being Digital Nicholas Negroponte presents his vision for the future of mediating technologies how they could and should evolve and how they will have an impact on our lives He presents his personal and first-hand experience with the development of multimedia personal computing virtual reality the Internet and other digital technologies Technological change like the future is not something that arrives on our doorstep unpredictably and unannounced Negroponte tries to forecast what will happen and how and when it will At the origin of these digital technologies is the smallest atomic element in the DNA of information the bit In spite of the fact that much of the information today is still received in the form of the atom such as in book or newspaper form we nonetheless are digitizing more and more types of information Digitization has numerous advantages such as the capacity for high levels of both error correction and data compression It is also about a change in the distribution of intelligence and the transposition of one medium to another so that information can be consumed differently by different people at different times With the change of atoms to bits many technologies we now have will be altered Televisions will eventually parallel the electronic architecture of computers to become scalable and upgradeable The PC will turn into an electronic gateway for cable telephone or satellite with bits being transferred at a rate that has no bearing on how they will be used The consumer will be able to turn the bits received into audio video or print Censorship will be more a function of the receiver than the sender and the consumer will censor by telling the receiver what bits to selectp55 What we will witness is an enticing shift in control and power from
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