Nicholas Negroponte, founder and director of the MIT Media Lab, wrote one of the first books
I read on the subject of the "digital revolution". The book is called "Being Digital", and it put the slowly-germinating idea in my head that computers were about much more than video games--they had the capacity to change the way we lived our lives.
I came across a great article written by Negroponte on MITTechnologyReview.com, which is a cool magazine that I will subscribe to, one day.
The article is called "Creating a Culture of Ideas", and goes along with a theme I explored a bit in the summer--how to create a work environment where innovation is encouraged. Without going into specifics, Negroponte describes what environmental characteristics should be present, and by extension encouraged, in order to breed a nation of innovators:
"...interdisciplinary approaches can bring enormous value to some very small problems and... interdisciplinary environments also stimulate creativity. In maximizing the differences in backgrounds, cultures, ages, and the like, we increase the likelihood that the results will not be what we had imagined."