“Shaping Things is about created objects and the environment, which is to say, it’s about everything,” writes Bruce Sterling in this addition to the Mediawork. In this getAbstract summary, you will learn: Why industrial design is important;; How industrial designers can promote sustainability; and How information. 1 Jul “This book is about created objects and the environment,” says the cover of Shaping Things, (MIT Press, ) by Bruce Sterling. “Which is to.

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A zany, sometimes off the wall imagining of where the future lies for designed objects and technology.

Bruce Sterling – Shaping Things | Media Ecologies and Digital Activism

While his rhetoric around sustainability is interesting, his arguments about heritage and our descendants are undermined by his lack of concern for social justice — either now or in the speculative futures he presents. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: One disappointment I encountered–not quite a demerit–is that I’d really hoped Sterling would breathe a sci-fi writer’s imagination into the topic, but it was on par with a Vint Cerf YouTube presentation which would be a fair substitute for this book if you prefer–also, Cerf’s “IP on Everything” T-shirt is much funnier than any of Sterling’s humor.

Lists with This Book. Users of machines are customers. Jan 18, Theodore Kinni rated it liked it. Also, I didn’t find that the book’s flashy and integrated graphic design particularly added much to the message, but nor did it distract from the content.


It is a fascinating look into metahistory and into thinking about thinking.

If you care about the present and the future, read this book. They are informational resources, manipulable shapng real time. However, he does make some interesting insights into a future world of spimes and bots. The upshot of the book is his vision of a technology called spimes which, by nature of their ability to track themselves and be recycled, are environmentally sustainable. In the book, Sterling extends some salient technosocial trends to construct a prospective new technology he calls a spime.

If you’ve ever wondered where the term “Internet of Things” came from, start here.

In this book we miss the positive dream of IoT whic Internet of Things contrarian views from Bruce Sterling are more than beuce warning about the issues we open by transforming everyday objects into sensing machines. This means returning to the benighted status of farmers with artifacts. Gizmos are data-rich, state-based and highly configurable devices, e.

More pithy conversation addressed if they will actually come to pass, and if so, how? Nov 12, Craig Jaquish rated it liked it.

May 31, Dave rated it really liked it. He’s a stream-of-conscious writer so you have to go with the flow on this book. Trivia About Shaping Things. But to have it cross what Sterling calls the Line of Empire i. An interesting book, though a bit tough going in place.

Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling

I’d recommend this book to anyone entering digital product design or those interested in technology and its interplay with society. Bruce Sterling is a science-fiction writer and he should stay that way.


But it isn’t just about that, it is also a great example of a Futurist having fun – yet also painting a picture of a realistic and possible future. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Books by Bruce Sterling. Every market is a futures market.

Artifacts are wholly handmade items, e. Sterling is interested in interrogating the types of technological futures we are likely to encounter a theme which of is of course also central to his fictional worksallied with considering how technological evolution, and the design practices which evolve alongside technologies can provide a future for a civilisation which. Early in its development, it was hailed as a technological panacea, and in fact nowadays it can do pretty much everything that most thinggs the other electronic devices in your life can do, but it didn’t subsume the entire bruve industry.

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And, on some level, I did appreciate his matter-of-fact way of discussing the field. Many of the way he discusses Design is made possible because he is not a Designer himself and the perspective he is able to have with it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is a page turner just as much as his scifi novels can be.