Nick Bilton lives in the future and happens to be the lead writer and technology reporter for the New York Times Bits Blog. Mr. Bilton also used to work in the New York Times R&D lab figuring out new ways to enhance the newspaper’s online experience.
Bilton was criticized for an interview he gave with Wired.com online magazine saying that he had cancelled his subscription to the New York Times print newspaper, but instead got his news online (including the NYT).
The book, I Live in the Future and Here’s How It Works takes the reader through the beginnings of the Internet for the common user with adult entertainment leading the charge into this new media. Bilton talks also about how music and movies have changed in a digital world, how people’s brains have changed with the advent of digital information overload from gaming, cell phones, texting, social media, email, reading online, videos online, news and other stimulus that personalizes our worlds in a way never before possible.
Mr. Bilton also speaks about winners and losers in technology and how the companies that stick around will be the one’s creating the most useful digital tools and experiences. He also makes a few future predictions using the movie “Minority Report” starring Tom Cruise- as a possible glimpse into the future of interactive technology.
This future not only includes how retailers will use in-depth information about us to sell more products and services to us, but also one-device-fits-all technology for reading, cell phone, GPS, social media, entertainment and other digitally interactive media.
Bilton predicts that over the next 5 years mobile phone development will outpace the development of laptop or desktop computers. He believes that the interactivity among these devices and TV will also create a virtual world that no one could have predicted 5 years ago.
Mr. Bilton, makes many excellent points and predictions. I don’t want to be a spoiler and recount everything in this review. As an old newspaper guy who has transitioned into the future world myself, I give this book two very high digital thumbs up. Or in other online vernacular, I LIKE.
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