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The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices Ok This is one of my all time favourite reads not just because I have had some connections with both the Media Lab and some of its people over the years but because the educational philosophies embodied in their practices and reasons for being are ones I would love to see adopted widely throughout both educational systems and other organizations.And, yes, it s lovely to see and read about Seymour Papert, Mitch Resnick, Brian Silverman, Paula Bonta, Fred Martin and others What Fred does Ok This is one of my all time favourite reads not just because I have had some connections with both the Media Lab and some of its people over the years but because the educational philosophies embodied in their practices and reasons for being are ones I would love to see adopted widely throughout both educational systems and other organizations.And, yes, it s lovely to see and read about Seymour Papert, Mitch Resnick, Brian Silverman, Paula Bonta, Fred Martin and others What Fred doesn t realize is the impact he had on me one time when he was a 19 year old graduate student at MIT and I was speaking there He was in the audience and I had said that great teaching isn t all about techniques , it s about a way of being in the classroom Fred raised his hand and asked, Can you describefully your way of being that you suggest works well for you I have never forgotten that and have spent the last 20 years attempting to articulate a reasonable answer to that question It is still very much a work in progress If you want to read about anti disciplinary approaches to education, this book is for you If you like the maker revolution , this book is for you If you think kids should be programming and constructing objects and knowledge, then read this book Do you believe in a playful, tinkering yet rigorous learning space, read this book and transfer some of the practices to your school, classroom or organization it is interesting some videos in my comments rather than the book.the book is supplemental of videos. If You Ve Ever Read A Book On An E Reader, Unleashed Your Inner Rock Star Playing Guitar Hero, Built A Robot With LEGO Mindstorms, Or Ridden In A Vehicle With Child Safe Air Bags, Then You Ve Experienced First Hand Just A Few Of The Astounding Innovations That Have Come Out Of The Media Lab Over The Past Years But That S Old Hat For Today S Researchers, Who Are Creating Technologies That Will Have A Much Deeper Impact On The Quality Of People S Lives Over The Next Quarter Century In This Exhilarating Tour Of The Media Lab S Inner Sanctums, We Ll Meet The Professors And Their Students The Sorcerers And Their Apprentices And Witness First Hand The Creative Magic Behind Inventions Such As Nexi, A Mobile Humanoid Robot With Such Sophisticated Social Skills She Can Serve As A Helpful And Understanding Companion For The Sick And Elderly CityCar, A Foldable, Stackable, Electric Vehicle Of The Future That Will Redefine Personal Transportation In Cities And Revolutionize Urban Life Sixth Sense, A Compact Wearable Device That Transforms Any Surface Wall, Tabletop Or Even Your Hand Into A Touch Screen ComputerPowerFoot, A Lifelike Robotic Prosthesis That Enables Amputees To Walk As Naturally As If It Were A Real Biological Limb Through Inspiring Stories Of People Who Are Using Media Lab Innovations To Confront Personal Challenges Like A Man With Cerebral Palsy Who Is Unable To Hum A Tune Or Pick Up An Instrument Yet Is Using An Ingenious Music Composition System To Unleash His Inner Mozart , And A Woman With A Rare Life Threatening Condition Who Co Invented A Revolutionary Web Service That Enables Patients To Participate In The Search For Their Own Cures We Ll See How The Media Lab Is Empowering Us All With The Tools To Take Control Of Our Health, Wealth, And Happiness Along The Way, Moss Reveals The Highly Unorthodox Approach To Creativity And Invention That Makes All This Possible, Explaining How The Media Lab Cultivates An Open And Boundary Less Environment Where Researchers From A Broad Array Of Disciplines From Musicians To Neuroscientists To Visual Artists To Computer Engineers Have The Freedom To Follow Their Passions And Take Bold Risks Unthinkable Elsewhere The Sorcerers And Their Apprentices Can Serve As A Blueprint For How To Fix Our Broken Innovation Ecosystem And Bring About The Kind Of Radical Change Required To Meet The Challenges Of The St Century It Is A Must Read For Anyone Striving To Be Innovative As An Individual, As A Businessperson, Or As A Member Of Society Also Includes Pages Of Color Photos Highlighting Some Of The Lab S Most Visually Stunning Inventions And The People Who Make Them Possible Very little to this book Once you learn which most know the iterative, freewheeling, interdisciplinary approach to the Media Lab, the book provides you with nothing else but stories about a few of the projects that have been done and are currently being done Most of this could be gleaned from press releases or by browsing the media lab website. MIT Media Lab does a lot of cool stuff, and I really enjoyed learning how they are structured and reading about various projects that have come out of the lab But I felt the stories got repetitive once I got about halfway through the book and I couldn t make it all the way to the end. Vignettes of cross functional anti disciplinary innovation Inspirational product development beyond selling ads and 140 characters Some links I chased down while reading Tod Machover Dan Ellsey at TED The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices is an amazing journey into perhaps the most famous workshops in the world The MIT Media Lab.At first I was expecting a rather dry run through of another CEO s tenure at an institution that produced cool gadgets Boy, was I surprised The behind the scenes story of some the most ground breaking technological advances is riveting.Most of the book covers several projects and how the private sector has collaborated and hugely funded many of these projects Prosth The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices is an amazing journey into perhaps the most famous workshops in the world The MIT Media Lab.At first I was expecting a rather dry run through of another CEO s tenure at an institution that produced cool gadgets Boy, was I surprised The behind the scenes story of some the most ground breaking technological advances is riveting.Most of the book covers several projects and how the private sector has collaborated and hugely funded many of these projects Prosthetic technology wedded with advanced micro processing the Rheo Knee, MIT Powered Ankle, and other devices have advanced the human machine interface to the point that millions world wide may soon benefit.Speechome is an amazing project that uses learning models obtained from the best learners of them all, children to teach computers how to think By learning how to behuman, computers are capable of predicting human behavior This may be a littlethan we d ask for, and naturally, I wondered the same.The Age of Agency is probably my favorite chapter in that it ties up much of the technology detailed in earlier chapters and delivers a fantastic alternative to our failing, over regulated, health care system By putting the patient in charge and giving them the tools with an interface that is as easy to use as talking to a friend Autom is the name of a personal robot who helps you loose weight It is interactive and according to the reports, very personable.Technologies like that are only as good as the programs run on them and these are very good We have moved into a time where everything is changing rapidly and we need tools that will make sense of this, not lengthy user manuals or months of learning how to adapt to a machine Rather, these sorcerers have been working on machines that listen to us and learn from us.Very enjoyable read O t tulo sugestivo, e o conte do n o lhe fica atr s Mas se esperamos pegar neste livro e ver impactos directos dos projectos do Media Lab na sociedade contempor nea esta n o a obra para isso Escrita por um ex director do centro de investiga es, tra a um panorama dos v rios grupos de pesquisa salientando alguns dos mais intrigantes projectos sa dos de um laborat rio concebido de raiz como um recreio de sabedoria O aspecto mais refor ado o car cter interdisciplinar descrito pelo autor O t tulo sugestivo, e o conte do n o lhe fica atr s Mas se esperamos pegar neste livro e ver impactos directos dos projectos do Media Lab na sociedade contempor nea esta n o a obra para isso Escrita por um ex director do centro de investiga es, tra a um panorama dos v rios grupos de pesquisa salientando alguns dos mais intrigantes projectos sa dos de um laborat rio concebido de raiz como um recreio de sabedoria O aspecto mais refor ado o car cter interdisciplinar descrito pelo autor como anti disciplinar, das metodologias de pesquisa, alicer adas em processos de refor o a partir do erro e do falhan o, atitudes hands on e focalizado num derrubar de barreiras disciplinares na formula o de problemas cuja aplicabilidade imprevis vel Rob tica avan ada, interfaces naturais, intelig ncia artificial aplicada, arte aumentada pelo digital, educa o, s o algumas das reas onde os investigadores deste laborat rio deslumbram com inova es inesperadas e conceitos intrigantes N o s o o tipo de inven es criadas com o fim expresso de fazer chegar ao mercado um novo gadget para maravilhar as massas, mas desenvolvimentos com impacto profundo na forma e objectivos do uso de tecnologias cujos reflexos se encontram muitas vezes longe das reas originais de investiga o Quebrar barreiras conceptuais e hiperligar o conhecimento, o que o Media Lab nos habituou S para recordar, no campo da educa o o Media Lab respons vel por conceitos que possibilitam novas e criativas abordagens como a linguagem Scratch, o Processing ou os lego mindstorms, entre outras ferramentas que potenciam aprendizagens profundas Frank Moss can write about the Media Labs of MIT where he is the director, but he has a lot to learn about telling a compelling story Their are far too many errors of English that the man should not have found a literature major in all the colleges of the Boston area to correct his work.Added to that, as a story, the Media Labs are done a disservice for someone who is not drinking the cool aid should have taken a look at the work 8 chapters to tell the tale of what should be one of the greates Frank Moss can write about the Media Labs of MIT where he is the director, but he has a lot to learn about telling a compelling story Their are far too many errors of English that the man should not have found a literature major in all the colleges of the Boston area to correct his work.Added to that, as a story, the Media Labs are done a disservice for someone who is not drinking the cool aid should have taken a look at the work 8 chapters to tell the tale of what should be one of the greatest places for innovation in the USA What we get are many examples of great technology that because the author wants to make the book sound current, are for projects that are going on now, or six months ago, and are not finished and so you don t know if the technology that he spouts is going to bear fruit A year from now, or two, when someone picks up the book, you will get an even worse sense of the Media Lab not being able to complete a project.I am sure that the PHds of the media lab will appreciate this Too much time is spent dropping names and double dropping them, instead of showcasing that the technology at the Media Lab should be blowing all of our socks off The book thus reads as the Freshman introduction to the lab Not something that those who think that Tech is fantastic and want to know about the history of it, as well as how we will use it in the next ten years will find of use.If Moss had given us a better ratio of recent wins, showing how we are now using what the Lab has thought of How the labs partnerships really work, instead of a paragraph saying how it was started We might see how this really is a great think tank Or even as Moss wants us to believe, where America s Sorcerers are.In the end, Moss fails How do I know that this is a better place then where the brains of Google are, or Apple, or IBM Why do I want to believe that the Media Lab, and there are apparently other labs at MIT that he does not really talk of that develop Tech as well, is the best of them With Moss writing in the way he has, I do not Shame, because the potential is really there for a much better book Moss should consider Sorcery 2.0 and talk to someone like Garrison Kellior We may find that all the Sorcerers are Intelligent, Handsome, and really making magic real Rather than focusing too much energy on building machines that behave as smart as or smarter than humans, we should devote most of our efforts to building machines that help us to be the best human being we can be for ourselves and others Frank MossIn 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 shares anecdotes from the unique and deeply innovative MIT Media Lab He give Rather than focusing too much energy on building machines that behave as smart as or smarter than humans, we should devote most of our efforts to building machines that help us to be the best human being we can be for ourselves and others Frank MossIn 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 shares anecdotes from the unique and deeply innovative MIT Media Lab He gives us an insider s tour of a laboratory that encourages collaboration between scientists, academics, and business The academics that Moss introduces us to are vastly different from what I d expected most of the productive members of the Media Lab go beyond one specific discipline and combine different areas of knowledge an anti disciplinary approach to come up with an unexpected and innovative application.Here are just a few of the innovations we read about CityCar a networked, digitally controlled, stackable, foldable electric vehicle that was created to make our urban spaceslivable, sustainable and safe PowerFoot, a prosthetic ankle that gives amputees the ability to walk at normal speed and effort as well as other biohybrids created by the Biomechtronics group under the guidance of Professor Hugh Herr Chumby created by CollaborRhythm in the belief that if patients understand how their medications work, they will belikely to be responsible about adhering to their medication schedules is a compact device resembling a digital clock with a touchscreen, wifi connection, and embedded computer that is approachable for the computer illiterate Chumby reminds you to take each of your pills and then demonstrates just how each medication works in your body and in conjunction with the other medicines If you haven t taken your medication, it also shows the impact on your body on a cellular level, so that you can see the damage even if you feel well Nexi a mobile, dexterous, sociable robot that can learn from and live together with elderly people and provide companionship and help Merry Miser a personalized phone app that gently reminds you of your previous purchases at a store, the overall satisfaction dissatisfaction, and helps you make informed choices and control impulse purchases.But beyond the specific technological innovations, the book is also a fascinating read as it shares the innovations in ways of thinking about technology I recommend The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices to techies, regular readers, and anyone interested in learningabout science, creativity, and how we think.ISBN 10 0307589102 Hardcover 27.50Publisher Crown Business June 7, 2011 , 272 pages.Review copy courtesy ofVine and the publisher


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