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I recommend this book to all gadget junkies, closet techies and organization adicts.
As I ran today listening to Total Recall on my smartphone with internet access, a camera, my planner and live links to facebook, twitter and linkedin, I ralized how close we already are to that technology.
If you want to stay anywhere near the cutting edge of technology or business or even life. This book is a must read.
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Steve Jobs famously said of Microsoft "The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste." As in no style, flair, design sense or artistic values. You could possibly say that about the author, as a Microsoft researcher. He is obviously a bit of a dag. I have chilling visions of my future total recall centre looking like Outlook, used to recall my exquisitely bland life.
That said - you don't need to be hip or stylish to have big ideas, and this book has big ideas. (And the author is obviously a nice guy.) Some technological points may be a few years outdated, but the problems he discusses have not been solved. I'm sure Gordon Bell will go down as a historical (or cult) figure. And I don't think you'll be able to write the currency of this book off for another 10 years at least. So if you're interested in the future of technology and the general subject grabs you, pick up this book.