The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices

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Jun 07, 2011 | 288 Pages

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Jun 07, 2011 | 510 Minutes

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Praise

“Out of the creative chaos at the MIT Media Lab have come fantastical inventions that have changed how we work, play, and live. Frank Moss’ stories of the ‘digital magicians’ behind these experiments and discoveries are inspiring and engaging.”
—Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google 

“MIT Media Lab has been inventing the future for more than 25 years.  Frank Moss explains how – and the lessons can help you be more creative –  and your organization be more innovative.” 
 - Steve Case, Co-founder of AOL, Chairman of the Startup America Partnership, and co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 
“This book will be a delight for anyone who cares about innovation. For more than twenty-five years, the MIT Media Lab has been inventing the future and humanizing technology. Weaving fascinating tales with insightful concepts, Frank Moss tells us how. He shows the way to harness passion and break down the walls between disciplines in order to unleash creativity in fields ranging from robotics to music to the making of mechanical limbs.”
—Walter Isaacson, CEO and president, The Aspen Institute, former chairman and CEO of CNN, and bestselling author of Einstein: His Life and Universe
 
“Anyone who wants to succeed – be it in technology art, or business – needs to follow the unique multi-disciplinary approach described in this book. Our future depends on innovation. This book provides the inspiration and motivation we need to change the world, one page at a time.”
—Chad Hurley, Co-Founder & former CEO, YouTube.
  
“As a CIO, I understand the challenges of managing brilliant and creative people.   Frank Moss’ insightful case studies from the Media Lab provide a roadmap for leaders who want to accelerate innovation.   There is no better example of a culture that inspires and enables invention.”
—Dr. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer, Harvard Medical School and The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
 
“The stories begin about the gadgets for which the MIT Media Lab is well known, but then they turn human, as Frank Moss introduces us to the professors and students flourishing in the Lab’s unique innovation ecology. SORCERERS ends too soon, leaving you curious, excited, and determined to know more about the MIT Media Lab’s unique approach to inventing and innovation.  This book is timely for America, right now looking to innovate on innovation, to winning the future.”
—Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet Inventor, formulator of Metcalfe’s Law, and  Professor of Innovation at UTexas Austin.


“Our world is changing at an exponential rate.  Billion dollar industries are folding overnight and Billion dollar start-ups are seemingly coming out of no-where.  Small teams empowered by technology can now do what was once only possible by large corporations and governments.  Frank Moss’ book shares countless examples of inspired creativity and fearless innovation.  This is a must-read book for anyone who wants to change their company, industry or the world.”
-Peter H. Diamandis, MD, MS, Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE Foundation, Chairman/Vice-Chancellor, Singularity University

“On every page, this essential book underlines the importance of the human – both in the individuals who make the Lab tick, and the people who are directly affected by the creative brilliance of the Lab’s minds and the practical outcome of their work.  Moss expertly threads the multiple strands of the Media Lab story - it’s innovative past, present and most importantly it’s future - and demonstrates how it has continued to be one of the most unorthodox and influential brain trusts in the world.”
- Alex McDowell, Royal Designer for Industry, production designer of Minority Report and Fight Club

“‘The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices’ is in essence a tour through the Media Lab… and the reader can almost hear Mr. Moss leading the visitor through the glass-walled building with an infectious enthusiasm for the stories of its occupants and contents, much of which exists in the form of the models and prototypes for which the lab is famous”
-The Wall Street Journal


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