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New Meetup: Techno Hype - Video Presentation and Discussion

From: Richie
Sent on: Saturday, July 10, 2010 11:45 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for London Futurists!

What: Techno Hype - Video Presentation and Discussion

When: Sunday, August 22,[masked]:00 PM

Where: The Wargrave Arms
40 / 42 Brendon Street Marylebone, W1H5HE
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Bob Seidensticker say's "The PC and Internet are not that big a deal. The truth is that a new technology is not inevitable, technology change is not exponential, and the PC and Internet are no more important to society than any major invention of the past. The genesis of this book was at Microsoft, where I began researching technology change. I discovered that much of technology?s long history has been distilled to where it resembles a myth?something like, ?And lo, Betamax was created from nothing. VHS followed soon after. And there was a great battle, with VHS reigning supreme.? The actual history turned out to be more involved?and a lot more interesting?than these abbreviations. More important, the popular, simplified perception of technology change was off the mark. An important story about how technology change really happens wasn?t being told. That is the story in Future Hype."

Bob makes interesting comparisons of previous technological revolutions with the computer revolution and shows how we are probably not rushing towards a technological singularity. His book goes into this in great detail and its humbling to think that the industrial revolution was a lot more innovative than the present day. He also bursts some of the bubble's of hype of what is actually possible with computer's and makes some interesting speculations.

At this meetup we will show a great presentation he gave microsoft a couple of years ago - then we will have a look at some of his stuff in his book and have a discussion about it all.

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