An elite group of industry leaders from an assortment of technology-related fields gather together to speculate about the implications of the technology for business, entertainment, science, engineering and education after 2020, when computers will be everywhere and almost completely invisible. These futurists focus on exploring how information technology will be reshaping our world. What will business and society be like when technology has completely saturated the events of everyday life? The relationship between man and machine, man and information, and information and machine is going to have radical consequences (both positive and negative) on future generations. For example, Ray Kurzweil, best-selling author of The Age of Spiritual Machines writes by 2009, computers will disappear. Displays will be written directly to retina. Extremely high bandwidth wireless communication to the Internet will be ubiquitous. Web sites will become virtual reality shared environments, at least for the visual and auditory sense.
This book consists of new essays by 11 visionaries, derived from the March 2001 Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) conference. ACM is the First Society in Computing founded in 1947 with over 80,000 members. It is a unique book of well-written, well-edited essays by a superior cast of IT industry leaders and thinkers, offering strategic direction on the future of our world saturated with computers and networks. Contributors:
John Backus, senior partner of Draper Atlantic Venture Capital Company Rodney Brooks, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at M.I.T. John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist and former director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center Mark Burgin, Professor of Computer Science at UCLA, specializing in the study of algorithms Bill Buxton, Chief Scientist of Alias/Wavefront Vint Cerf, Senior VP of Internet Architecture and Technology at WorldCom, Inc. He is one of the fathers of the internet and is working on the InterPlanNet, a new version of the Internet that goes to the moon and to Mars. Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Peter Denning, Prof of Computer Science at George Mason University, Past President of ACM, and Chair of the ACM Education Board Michael Dertouzos, Dir. of the Laboratory for Computer Science at M.I.T. and author of the bestselling What Will Be? and the recently released The Unfinished Revolution. David Gelernter, Prof of Computer Science at Yale University and author of bestselling Drawing Life. John Gray, Prof of Political Science and European Thought at the London School of Economics and co-author of Entrepreneurship and the Wired Life. Richard Strozzi Heckler, PhD in psychology, founder of the Lomi School, President of Rancho Strozzi Institute, and found of a new training program for the US Marines. Douglas Hofstadter, Prof. Of Cognitive Science at Indiana University and author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book Godel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean Kamen, President of the DEKA Research and Development Corporation Alan Kay, VP and Fellow, Walt Disney Imagineering and Father of the Modern Personal Computer Ray Kurzweil, President of Kurzweil Technologies, author of the best-selling The Age of the Spiritual Machines, and recipient of the National Medal of Technology in 1999. Marcia McNutt, President and CEO of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union. Bob Metcalfe, Cofounder of the 3Com Corporation and inventor of the Ethernet Martin Schuurmans, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Philips Centre for Industrial Technology Bruce Sterling, A best-selling science fiction write and founder of the Viridian Movement for design Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Dir. Of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC