Library of Congress Series on the Digital Future: Collection


Written By: David WeinbergerBrewster KahleJuan Pablo PazBrian Cantwell Smith

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Audiobook Summary: Digital Future is a series of eight lectures hosted at the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center. 1. David Weinberger, former senior Internet adviser to the Howard Dean presidential campaign, discusses how weblogs work and their value in gathering knowledge. (November 15, 2004) 2. Brewster Kahle, digital librarian and director/co-founder of the Internet Archive, explains how he first developed the idea and tools to archive the Web. (December 13, 2004) 3. Juan Pablo Paz, a quantum physicist from Buenos Aires who works at Los Alamos, discusses how quantum computing, now in its development stages, will eventually change again the way we collect, store, and distribute information. (January 24, 2005) 4. Brian Cantwell Smith, dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto, defines his concept of "digitality" and discusses its impact on our notions of technology and the world around us. (January 31, 2005) 5. David Levy discusses the shift of reading from the fixed page to movable electrons and the effect that has had on language. Levy holds degrees in both computer science and calligraphy. (February 14, 2005) 6. Lawrence Lessig, founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, speaks about the issues of copyright and "copyleft." (March 3, 2005) 7. Edward L. Ayers, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, addresses the implications of the creation and distribution of knowledge in today's digital environment. (March 14, 2005) 8. Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, addresses the topic, "From the Library of Information to the Library of Things." His new concept, Internet Zero, proposes a new infrastructure for the existing Internet that would give an IP address to all electronic devices - from light bulbs to Internet addresses and URLs. (March 28, 2005)