From the Publisher
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 25 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
* PowerFoot, 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 21st
century. It is a must-read for anyone striving to be more
innovative as an individual, as a businessperson, or as a member of
Also includes 16 pages of color photos highlighting some of
the lab''s most visually stunning inventions - and the people who
make them possible.
About the Author
FRANK MOSS served as director of the MIT Media Lab from 2006-2011, and is currently Professor of the Practice and head of the New Media Medicine group there. After earning a BSE from Princeton and PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, he held positions at IBM, Apollo Computer, Lotus Development and was CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems, which he took public in 1995 and merged with IBM a year later. He is a co-founder of many companies, including Stellar Computer, Bowstreet, Infinity Pharmaceuticals and his latest startup venture, Bluefin Labs.
About the Book
In this exhilarating tour of MIT's Media Lab, readers meet the professors and students--the Sorcerers and their Apprentices--and witness firsthand the creative magic behind such innovations as e-readers, Guitar Hero, and LEGO Mindstorms.
Published: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307589102
ISBN - 13: 9780307589101