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I first read this on the 8th April 2007.
Robert is slowly recovering from Alzheimer's. Little by little the fog
is lifting and he finds himself in a new world of pervasive IT, a new world
to which he must learn to adapt.
This is a brilliant view our future world. We've seen the first invasion
of IT into our everyday lives and we've almost ignored it because it's so,
well, everyday*. But think: if we now have processors in
our fridges and washing machines; in our watches and portable
music players; in our telephones* and our printers; even in the
ink cartridges for our printers; in the decorative fridge magnets
and greeting cards. If the speed of IT development is
increased, what do we expect in twenty more years? It's quite
astounding, and worrying and exhilerating.
*I wrote this review on 25 January 2007 but failed to load it. It's quite
amusing to see I referred to music players and telephones. Now of course
we have phones, tablets and 3D printers. We still have Alzheimer's disease,
but I think Vernor has it right - we'll fix that in a few more years and
not only prevent Alzheimer's but bring back the those affected.
Loaded on the 7th March 2020.