Massively Networked: How the convergence of social media and technology is changing your life by Pamela Lund is not just another book about social media; it gets to the heart of surprising changes that are rattling assumptions about health, work, your home environment, politics, the economy, and our place in the global ecosystem. Consider the following radical ideas that could soon reshape your life:
Going shopping may soon become obsolete along with closets, cabinets and freezers thanks to the rise of virtualization, collaborative consumption, and just-in-time production
Your meals can be customized for optimal health as personal biomonitoring technologies start to speak with your kitchen
Making a living can take on new meaning as online currencies, fundraising platforms, at-home manufacturing, crowdsourced design, and DIY spaces open doors to rethinking your worklife
How you understand your place in the global ecosystem can shift radically as an estimated 22 billion nonhuman agents, such as bridges, bicycles and even oceans, join the two-billion-plus people online in the next decade.
Massively Networked provides real-world scenarios using elements from our emerging toolbox that are either in market now or have working prototypes, with minor exceptions. The stories it contains provide sparks to light the imaginative fire to inspire you to create the world you want. 2nd edition is available February 2012.
Praise for Massively Networked:
“Pamela Lund is a practical visionary who is destined to make a global impact. I’ve been waiting a long time to see a creative thinker of her caliber set foot on the world stage. Lund’s book, Massively Networked, takes the reader on an insight-packed journey into emerging technological, social, and economic realities. She makes one think – hard – about putting our imagination to work and why it matters now more than ever. Abstract concepts of our time, such as the Internet of Things and augmented reality, are brought to life in ways that make complete and total sense. Lund’s massively networked universe is not a portrayal of the future – it is already here. Paying attention to the principles presented in this book could make all the difference as to whether we surf or slog through the 21st century.”