True Names by Vernor Vinge and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier

True Names by Vernor Vinge and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier

Book - 2001
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Once in a great while a science fiction story is so visionary, yet so close to impending scientific developments that it becomes not only an accurate predictor, but itself the locus for new discoveries and development. True Names by Vernor Vinge, first published in 1981, is such a work.

Here is a feast of articles by computer scientists and journalists on the cutting edge of the field, writing about innovations and developments of the Internet, including, among others:

Danny Hillis: Founder of thinking machines and the first Disney Fellow.

Timothy C. May: former chief scientist at Intel--a major insider in the field of computers and technology.

Marvin Minsky: Cofounder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer: Codevelopers of habitat, the first real computer interactive environment.

Mark Pesce: Cocreator of VRML and the author of the Playful World: How Technology Transforms Our Imagination.

Richard M. Stallman: Research affiliate with MIT; the founder of the Free Software Movement.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312862077
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Frenkel, James
Vinge, Vernor


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Aug 18, 2012

There's a self-assured tone in many of these that can be irritating. Think of the genius computer adolescent you know.

Feb 26, 2011

I enjoyed the True Names story but was not that interested in all the commentary about how important it was.


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