Synopses & Reviews
In the tradition of andlt;I andgt;Who Owns the Future? andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;I andgt;The Second Machine Ageandlt;/Iandgt;, an MIT Media Lab scientist imagines how everyday objects can intuit our needs and improve our lives.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development: the Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use: our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans. These objects will respond to our needs, come to know us, and learn to think on our behalf. David Rose calls these devicesand#8212;which are just beginning to creep into the marketplaceand#8212;Enchanted Objects.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Some believe the future will look like more of the sameand#8212;more smartphones, tablets, screens embedded in every conceivable surface. Rose has a different vision: technology that atomizes, combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of daily living. Such technology will be woven into the background of our environment, enhancing human relationships and channeling desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. The enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter real life.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Groundbreaking, timely, and provocative, andlt;I andgt;Enchanted Objects andlt;/Iandgt;is a blueprint for a better future, where efficient solutions come hand in hand with technology that delights our senses. It is essential reading for designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone who wishes to understand the future and stay relevant in the Internet of Things.
"What innovations will allow us to minimize our reliance on screen based devices and instead inhabit a world seamlessly enmeshed with the wonderments of connected technology? This is the question that tech enterpriser and innovator Rose poses in his new book. Rose seeks to incorporate smart and intuitive technology into everyday objects in order to enchant our milieu, lives, selves, and fulfill our desire for magical objects. This impetus is exemplified in the author's own designs such as an umbrella whose handle glows when rain is forecasted, a prescription bottle lid that glows when you forget to take your medicine, or ambient globes that shift colors to indicate changes in internet data sets. Rose's optimism occasionally blinds him to the drawbacks of his futuristic dreams such as a trash can that gleans marketing information and automatically reorders discarded items, or a tooth that clamps your jaw shut to interrupt unhealthy eating habits, or cameras with visual recognition that identifies strangers. This uncritical stance towards potential pernicious repercussions, coupled with Rose's overt self-promotion compromise the book. If the future is to be inevitably inundated with new technology, Rose creatively re-envisions what forms this will take. If you are as enamored with the possibility of a technologically enchanted life, these niggling concerns will surely not dampen your enjoyment of Rose's imagination, innovation, and entrepreneurship.(July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A bold and optimistic vision of a future where humans have a more natural relationship with technology--from a wildly successful entrepreneur, MIT Media Lab scientist, and "tech evangelist."
How should humans interact with technology in the future? That's a question entrepreneur and MIT Media Lab scientist David Rose grapples with every day. Many believe the future will look like more of the same--more smartphones, tablets, and other devices, with screens embedded in every conceivable surface. But Rose sees things differently. In his vision, the future is a place in which technology will be present in everyday objects we already care about and know how to use, objects that will respond to our needs, come to know us, and even learn to think ahead on our behalf. Such technology, says Rose, can be woven in the background of our environment--enhancing our human relationships, not distracting us from them, and seeming more like the enchanted technologies of fairy tales and fantasies, from the flying carpet to Harry Potter's invisibility cloak.
Groundbreaking, timely, and provocative, Enchanted Objects offers an optimistic vision for the future that embraces a more natural way for humans to interact with technology--designs that will improve our lives in tangible ways. In fact, he even points to a future that could, one day, even move us closer to fulfilling more deeply our essential desires for omniscience, immortality, protection, and creative expression in this technology manifesto that is as much about the way we live as it is about the devices themselves.
About the Author
David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur and instructor at the MIT Media Lab, specializing in how digital information interfaces with the physical environment. A former CEO at Vitality,andnbsp;he founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered technology to embed Internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. CEO of Ditto Labs, Rose has been featured in andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; and parodied on andlt;Iandgt;The Colbert Report. andlt;/Iandgt;A frequent speaker at conferences and for corporations, he lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. andlt;Iandgt;Enchanted Objectsandlt;/Iandgt; is his first book.