“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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Does that mean I agree with everything he says? Spimes are designed on screens, fabricated by digital brucf, and precisely tracked through space and time. In fact, their very plasticity can make them more difficult to use and hinder universal adoption. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Hopefully if I got anything wrong, individual Cooperistas will submit corrections or dissenting opinions below.

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Nov 16, Olaf Kowalik rated it liked it Shelves: But it isn’t just about that, it is also a great example of a Futurist having fun – yet thkngs painting a picture of a realistic and possible future. Refresh and try again. It is also, however, extremely annoying, condescending and dated.

Mar 13, Diamond rated it really liked it Shelves: I suppose if I am to read futurist perspectives I like to buy what I’m being sold and Sterling did not sell me on his construction.

It’s through metahistory that people come to realize that new things are proper things. Our discussion First, we were all in agreement that “spime” is a horrible neologism. Sterling sees the world unlike anyone else.


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Jul 12, Mark rated it really liked it. He makes some vague statement that the book is about ‘everything’ but to me it just amounted to nothing. We and our third party partners use cookies for tracking website traffic and usage.

IOT described 14 years ago but with a great vision for how it will evolve. He does argue that: The ideal readers for this book are those ambitious young souls of any age Wow! Some inspiring or thoughtful quotes are: This book is easier to read if you’ve seen Sterling talk about spimes. Not everyone will be able to appreciate Sterling’s vision. The status quo uses energy and materials which are finite and toxic.

Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling

A zany, sometimes off the wall imagining of where the future lies for designed objects and technology. But damn, really was a cool read esp for a class reading The vision of Shaping Things is given material form by the intricate design of Lorraine Wild. Bruce Sterling is a science-fiction writer and he should stay that way. His other point in the book is that designers are uniquely able to create t This book is easier to read if you’ve seen Sterling talk about spimes.

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Sterling isn’t just an amazing Sci-Fi writer, he’s also a futurist, and this is the pure stuff; pontifications on where we’re headed based on where we’ve been and where we are. Shaping Things is for designers and thinkers, engineers and scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers; and anyone who wants to understand and be part of the process of technosocial transformation. I wonder what might happen if Sterling were to put science fiction aside for a while and concentrate on something a bit less “generic”.

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Apr 05, Janet Guss Darwich rated it really liked it. Nov 12, Craig Jaquish rated it liked it. Mar 06, Tim Belonax rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 ehaping design practices which evolve alongside technologies can provide a future shapijg a civilisation which.

As an example, Sterling explores shping bottle of wine, and the way in which its barcode and link to a website denote that this bottle of wine is from the gizmo era: Jan 18, Nick DeMarco rated it liked it Recommends it for: The spime builds on the following historical categories: Users of products are consumers.

Artifacts were displaced by machines sometime in the 15th century. Spimes flip the gizmo on its head, where the data they collect is shapinv important thing, and its physical manifestation is regarded as little more than an instance of the more important idea.

The group was skeptical of the social requirements needed to fulfill the promise of spimes. It is an historical entity brucw an accessible, precise trajectory through space and time. Jul 24, Oyceter rated it liked it Shelves: That would be ‘transparent production. The limitations of his cyberutopian neoliberalism however are clearly evidenced in Shaping Things.