I just finished “Shaping Things,” by Bruce Sterling. It’s a very broad look at the way technology, people, and society have changed – and changed each other – over time. And since it’s by Bruce Sterling, it’s mostly focused on the possibilities of tomorrow.
My favorite quote:
“Tomorrow composts today.”
Very cool – both the quote, and the book.
Sterling looks at five classes of technosocial relationships:
- Artifacts / Hunters and Farmers
- Machines / Customers
- Products / Consumers
- Gizmos / End-Users
- Spimes / Wranglers
Definitely worth a read.
I got it from the library, and I’m going to hang on to it for a little while longer and read it again. It’s short, but conceptually dense.
Definitely worth a re-read.
I love working in the embedded world. Hardware + software = a great time and a great career.
I came across this fantastic quote by Steve Wozniak in “Making it Big in Software,” by Sam Lightstone. Woz is talking about designing the Apple II:
“And I did every piece of software from the ground up, through applications that you can’t pin down for any one of them. The hardware was so interrelated that I can’t really divide it into software and hardware alone. Those days were that way. Today, if you work on embedded processors, you put a little microprocessor into a small product. That’s the job in the world that I would love to this day! That’s what I did back then; it mixed both hardware and software.”
Sounds like Woz wants my job. 🙂