By Frank Moss
If you've ever learn a publication on an e-reader, unleashed your internal rock megastar taking part in Guitar Hero, outfitted a robotic with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a automobile with child-safe air luggage, then you've skilled first hand quite a few of the wonderful recommendations that experience pop out of the Media Lab over the last 25 years. yet that's outdated hat for today's researchers, who're developing applied sciences that might have a miles deeper effect at the caliber of people's lives over the subsequent region century.
In this exhilarating journey of the Media Lab's internal sanctums, we'll meet the professors and their scholars - the Sorcerers and their Apprentices - and witness first hand the inventive magic at the back of innovations similar to:
Nexi, a cellular humanoid robotic with such subtle social talents she will be able to function a priceless and realizing significant other for the ailing and aged.
CityCar, a foldable, stackable, electrical automobile of the long run that would redefine own transportation in towns and revolutionize city existence.
Sixth Sense, a compact wearable machine that transforms any floor -- wall, tabletop or perhaps your hand - right into a contact reveal computer.
PowerFoot, a realistic robot prosthesis that allows amputees to stroll as evidently as though it have been a true organic limb.
Through inspiring tales of people that are utilizing Media Lab thoughts to confront own demanding situations - like a guy with cerebral palsy who's not able to hum a music or decide up an tool but is utilizing an inventive track composition approach to unharness his "inner Mozart", and a girl with a unprecedented life-threatening who co-invented a innovative internet carrier that permits sufferers to take part within the look for their very own remedies - we'll see how the Media Lab is empowering us all with the instruments to take regulate of our well-being, wealth, and happiness.
Along the way in which, Moss finds the hugely unorthodox method of creativity and invention that makes all this attainable, explaining how the Media Lab cultivates an open and boundary-less atmosphere the place researchers from a wide array of disciplines -- from musicians to neuroscientists to visible artists to machine engineers - have the liberty to stick to their passions and take daring dangers unthinkable in different places.
The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices can function a blueprint for a way to mend our damaged innovation environment and convey concerning the form of radical swap required to satisfy the demanding situations of the twenty first century. it's a must-read for somebody striving to be extra leading edge as a person, as a businessperson, or as a member of society.
Also comprises sixteen pages of colour photographs highlighting many of the lab's such a lot visually wonderful innovations - and the folk who lead them to attainable.
From the Hardcover edition.