The Playful World was written by Mark Pesce. Pesce was an early pioneer of the web. He was instrumental in bringing a 3d interface to the web through a standard called VRML. This was an early attempt to provide the kind of experience envisaged by the likes of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson in cyberpunk literature.
Since then he has been applying his ingenuity and enterprise to academia and futurism for the past decade and a half.
The Playful World was written about a decade ago, yet was very prescient of today’s cutting-edge web and related technology trends:
- Augmented web
- The web of things
- Custom manufacturing
Pesce knits his experiences together into an engaging narrative that would brings all of it together for the reader. If you want to get where things are going I recommend you have a read of Pesce’s book. You can find more book reviews here.