By Michael Dertouzos, HarperCollins, $26
If all you ask of your computer is a decent game of Tetris, you’re in for a big surprise, says bestselling author Michael Dertouzos, director of MIT’s computer lab. Using a computer will soon be as effortless and powerful as driving a car, thanks to five key technologies under development in various high-tech skunk works. Human-centric computers will talk to and with us, making them lots easier to use, says Dertouzos. They’ll do actual work, like book travel arrangements. They’ll strain the information we need out of the swirling data soup. They’ll ease long-range collaboration with other people. Finally, computers will change to fit our needs instead of vice versa — now that’s revolutionary. Almost worth quitting Tetris for.
THE ART OF INNOVATION: LESSONS IN CREATIVITY FROM IDEO, AMERICA'A LEADING DESIGN FIRM
By Tom Kelley, Doubleday/Currency Books, $26
Ever wonder who designed the Apple mouse? The Palm V handheld? IDEO, that’s who. The general manager of the firm responsible for many celebrated designs reveals how his staff spurs creativity.
ENTREPRENEUR AMERICA: LESSONS FROM INSIDE ROB RYAN'S HIGH-TECH START-UP BOOT CAMP
By Rob Ryan, HarperBusiness, $25
If you’re going to read a business how-to, why not one by the founder of a company Lucent Technologies bought for $25 billion? Here’s your chance. —