The new book by M. Pell
author of Envisioning Holograms
How Artificial Intelligence and Spatial Computing will fundamentally transform the way we communicate forever
Deceptively powerful and stunningly beautiful, this monumental leap forward in conveying information effectively has always been right there in front of us, waiting to be unlocked, hiding in plain sight. All it took was the convergence of human ingenuity, artificial intelligence, and the rise of a medium capable of magic.
Welcome to The Age of “Smart Information”.
Visionary and pioneering, this book will be impactful for the Spatial Computing industry. Mike is one of the deep thinkers I turn to in order to better understand the seismic shift in communications and content that is upon us.”
— Cathy Hackl
XR Futurist , #4 Top Tech Voice on LinkedIn
Inspiring vision for the future of information and our most vital and humble communications tool – text.”
— Charlie Fink
Forbes Columnist, Author
Mike’s first book, ‘Envisioning Holograms’, is a finely distilled guidebook – past experience informing present practice. ‘The Age of Smart Information’, on the other hand, is a twenty-second century treasure map arriving via pneumatic tube, sent by the Time Lords. This book frames the future of Information Science. Read, absorb, and be amazed.”
— Tony Parisi
Unity Technologies exec, Industry legend
A must-read! Pell explains how Smart Information will affect us. Learn how you can control it, before it controls you.”
— Naomi Assaraf
Chief Marketing Officer, cloudHQ
This book is clearly from the future – so if you plan to shape a part of it…grab your highlighter.”
— Amy Peck
Mike Pell thoughtfully describes the way emergent tech and AI will shape our future lives — from the micro-level to the systemic — and gives us a path today that we can follow to ensure a better tomorrow!”
— Brittan Heller
Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Harvard
Pell’s book explores the endless possibilities of truly re-imagining the creation and consumption of of information.”
— Alberto Cairo
Professor and Best-selling Author, How Charts Lie
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Smart Information revolution started with a simple idea – no more “dead pixels”. Our most important content could no longer be static and disconnected. We instead choose to surface the universe of connections, stories, data, and emotions that are normally invisible to us. The Smart Information construct was designed to convey its essence, relationships, and value at multiple levels of detail, inherently.
Freed from its rigid containers, content adapts itself effortlessly to the optimal way we choose to consume it based on our current context and preference. Designed to be explored, combined, and enhanced, this flexible information container is made possible through next gen creation tools and intelligent playback platforms that work together to anticipate the most predictable trait of people – curiosity.
“The beauty we seek is not found in first impressions, but in the way the truth reveals itself.” – M. Pell
The impact of re-engineering how our thoughts and ideas are conveyed in this way is as dramatic as when we first moved from still photographs to motion pictures at the start of the twentieth century. The opportunities that exist for us to reinvent how we create, transmit, and experience information are unprecedented and boundless.
hear the Smart Dust podcast from SXSW 2019
Read the Foreword
From Chapter 1
“There was a time when words were simply markings on a printed page or dead pixels on a screen.
Lifeless, flat, and disconnected, text passages required us to make sense of them and their intended meaning every single time we encountered them. They were simultaneously the best example of a human communication tool and yet the most demanding of any of our mediums. The clarity and beauty of those characters were realized only after our minds transformed those simple marks into an invisible film of our own design, unique to ourselves.
PART 1 – THE IMPACT
01. It’s Alive!
02. Surfacing the Invisible
03. The Moment of Clarity [ read now ]
PART 2 – THE EXPERIENCE
04. Dimensional Design
05. Ambient Intelligence
06. Experiential Ethics [ read now ]
PART 3 – THE SYSTEM
07. Information Objects
08. Advanced Technology
09. Platforms + Tools
PART 4 – THE FUTURE
10. Smart Data [ read now ]
11. Smarter People
12. Smartest World
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bold, insightful, and uncompromising, M. Pell is recognized as a thought leader in the fields of Holographic Envisioning and Smart Information. Pell’s first design book “Envisioning Holograms” is considered a must-have for tomorrow’s most influential storytellers and explorers. His new book “The Age of Smart Information” details how the fundamental nature of information is transforming thanks to combination of AI + XR.
Pell leads Design for The Microsoft Garage, the company’s outlet for experimental projects and curiosity-fueled explorations worldwide.
As a lifelong Designer/Coder, he has consistently been on the leading edge of design and innovation over his thirty-years in high-technology. Career highlights include creating the original Adobe Acrobat and PDF, working with Pixar to pioneer 3D type generation with RenderMan, developing a rapid design methodology called Fast Design, and being the inventor on over a dozen U.S. Patents. Pell’s evolution from intrepid entrepreneur, to VC-backed startup veteran, to corporate man for Adobe and Microsoft has given him a unique perspective on how to combine business, experience, and technology to create breakthrough experience.
More about M. Pell at futuristic.com
EVENTS AND APPEARANCES
Come out to talk about the future of information with M. Pell at these fantastic events:
JAN 2020 – Newark, NJ ( #Prudential )
FEB 2019 – Hyderabad, India ( #MSFTGarage )
MAR 2019 – Austin, TX ( #SXSW )
APR 2019 – Miami, FL ( #NextMedia2019 )
MAY 2019 – Silicon Valley ( #AWE2019 )
OCT 2019 – Copenhagen, Denmark ( #IKEA )
OCT 2019 – Munich, Germany ( #BMW )
watch the video of the AWE 2019 Talk
watch the video of the AWE 2018 talk
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Recent posts by M. Pell:
“HoloScenes” — envisioning holographic experiences
“Datascrapers” — a data art series
“Fast Design” — the art of moving your ideas forward
“Designers: Adapt or Die” — learn to code or be irrelevant
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