The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives

The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives

Frank Moss


If you've ever learn a e-book on an e-reader, unleashed your internal rock superstar taking part in Guitar Hero, outfitted a robotic with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a car with child-safe air baggage, then you've skilled first hand quite a few of the striking techniques that experience pop out of the Media Lab over the last 25 years. yet that's previous hat for today's researchers, who're developing applied sciences that might have a far deeper influence at the caliber of people's lives over the subsequent area century.

In this exhilarating journey of the Media Lab's internal sanctums, we'll meet the professors and their scholars - the Sorcerers and their Apprentices - and witness first hand the inventive magic in the back of innovations akin to:

Nexi, a cellular humanoid robotic with such refined social talents she will function a valuable and realizing better half for the ailing and aged.

CityCar, a foldable, stackable, electrical motor vehicle of the longer term that may redefine own transportation in towns and revolutionize city lifestyles.

Sixth Sense, a compact wearable gadget that transforms any floor -- wall, tabletop or maybe your hand - right into a contact display computer.

PowerFoot, a real looking robot prosthesis that allows amputees to stroll as certainly as though it have been a true organic limb.

Through inspiring tales of people that are utilizing Media Lab suggestions to confront own demanding situations - like a guy with cerebral palsy who's not able to hum a track or choose up an software but is utilizing an creative tune composition method to unharness his "inner Mozart", and a girl with an extraordinary life-threatening situation who co-invented a progressive internet provider that allows sufferers to take part within the look for their very own remedies - we'll see how the Media Lab is empowering us all with the instruments to take regulate of our future health, wealth, and happiness.

Along the way in which, Moss finds the hugely unorthodox method of creativity and invention that makes all this attainable, explaining how the Media Lab cultivates an open and boundary-less surroundings the place researchers from a huge array of disciplines -- from musicians to neuroscientists to visible artists to machine engineers - have the liberty to stick with their passions and take daring dangers unthinkable somewhere else.

The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices can function a blueprint for the way to mend our damaged innovation atmosphere and convey in regards to the type of radical switch required to fulfill the demanding situations of the twenty first century. it's a must-read for someone striving to be extra cutting edge as somebody, as a businessperson, or as a member of society.

Also contains sixteen pages of colour photographs highlighting many of the lab's so much visually gorgeous innovations - and the folks who lead them to attainable.

From the Hardcover edition.

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