Shaping Things

ISBN-10: 0262693267
ISBN-13: 9780262693264
Edition: 2005
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Description: ""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 Pamphlet series. He adds, "Seen from sufficient distance, this is a small topic."Sterling  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

""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 Pamphlet series. He adds, "Seen from sufficient distance, this is a small topic."Sterling offers a brilliant, often hilarious history of shaped things. We have moved from an age of artifacts, made by hand, through complex machines, to the current era of "gizmos." New forms of design and manufacture are appearing that lack historical precedent, he writes; but the production methods, using archaic forms of energy and materials that are finite and toxic, are not sustainable. The future will see a new kind of object -- we have the primitive forms of them now in our pockets and briefcases: user-alterable, baroquely multi-featured, and programmable -- that will be sustainable, enhanceable, and uniquely identifiable. Sterling coins the term "spime" for them, these future manufactured objects with informational support so extensive and rich that they are regarded as material instantiations of an immaterial system. Spimes are designed on screens, fabricated by digital means, and precisely tracked through space and time. They are made of substances that can be folded back into the production stream of future spimes, challenging all of us to become involved in their production. Spimes are coming, says Sterling. We will need these objects in order to live; we won't be able to surrender their advantages without awful consequences.The vision of "Shaping Things is given material form by the intricate design of Lorraine Wild. "Shaping Things is for designers and thinkers, engineers and scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers -- and anyone whowants to understand and be part of the process of technosocial transformation.

Bruce Sterling is a recent winner of the Nebula Award and the author of the nonfiction book "The Hacker Crackdown" as well as novels and short story collections. He co-authored, with William Gibson, the critically acclaimed novel "The Difference Engine." He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughter.

To Whom it Ought to Concern
Tomorrow Composts Today
Old Wine in New Bottles
The Personal is Historical
Metahistory
A Synchronic Society
The Rubbish Makers
The Stark Necessity of Glamor
An End-User Drinks Gizmo Wine
Meet the Spime
Arphids
An Internet of Things
The Model is the Message
Fabbing
Spime Economics
The Designer's Questions
Tomorrow's Tomorrow
Ublopia or Otivion
Endtroduction
Designer's notes

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