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In the tradition of Who Owns the Future? and The
Second Machine Age, an MIT Media Lab scientist imagines how
everyday objects can intuit our needs and improve our lives.
We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative
development: the Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology
will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use:
our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans. These
objects will respond to our needs, come to know us, and learn to
think on our behalf. David Rose calls these devices-which are just
beginning to creep into the marketplace-Enchanted Objects.
Some believe the future will look like more of the same-more
smartphones, tablets, screens embedded in every conceivable
surface. Rose has a different vision: technology that atomizes,
combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of
daily living. Such technology will be woven into the background of
our environment, enhancing human relationships and channeling
desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. The
enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter
Groundbreaking, timely, and provocative, Enchanted Objects
is a blueprint for a better future, where efficient solutions come
hand in hand with technology that delights our senses. It is
essential reading for designers, technologists, entrepreneurs,
business leaders, and anyone who wishes to understand the future
and stay relevant in the Internet of Things.