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  • The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Frank Moss
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk
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    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.

    Michael says: "Like a promotional press release..."
    "Like a promotional press release..."
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    ... corporate glow-speak to track investors. Writing style includes too many tedious long listings of the benefits and accomplishments. The narrator's voice is right out of Romper Room daycare. And his falsetto when quoting females seems quite unnecessary. Meanwhile, the kids don't get to sleep much while they passionately endeavor to help mankind with modern technology. Of course no mention of MIT's historic connections with developing spy gear, although most of the lab's developments praised in the book would almost certainly have clandestine usefulness. Try Secret Empire by Taubman, or Spycraft by Wallace, Melton et al instead to learn about the other cool stuff labs at MIT have been involved with.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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