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Neal Stephenson on the Future of Books and the Ubiquity of Gadgets

Author Neal Stephenson discusses his views on the appeal of printed media and the recent developments in sci-tech that have captured his interest.This past spring, Jason Pontin, editor in chief of MIT Technology Review, conducted a wide-ranging but informal conversation with science fiction writer Neal Stephenson about his craft, preoccupations, influences, and inspirations. Enjoy a six-part weekly series of video shorts based on their conversation.
September 17, 2012

Author Neal Stephenson discusses his views on the appeal of printed media and the recent developments in sci-tech that have captured his interest.This past spring, Jason Pontin, editor in chief of MIT Technology Review, conducted a wide-ranging but informal conversation with science fiction writer Neal Stephenson about his craft, preoccupations, influences, and inspirations. Enjoy a six-part weekly series of video shorts based on their conversation.

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