A Network Orange: Logic and Responsibility in the Computer Age

Overview

The primary thesis here is the authors' belief that the emergence of computers as an elemental force in our society must be viewed with a sceptical eye. Crandall and Levich, one a mathematician, the other a philosopher, strive, however, to present a balanced viewpoint, investigating and reflecting on the good and bad sides of this revolution, and seek meaning in this "Information Age". Their examination is stripped of journalistic hyperbole, the cries of self-serving prophets, and the sales pitches of the soft- ...

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Overview

The primary thesis here is the authors' belief that the emergence of computers as an elemental force in our society must be viewed with a sceptical eye. Crandall and Levich, one a mathematician, the other a philosopher, strive, however, to present a balanced viewpoint, investigating and reflecting on the good and bad sides of this revolution, and seek meaning in this "Information Age". Their examination is stripped of journalistic hyperbole, the cries of self-serving prophets, and the sales pitches of the soft- and hardware industries. In separating the wheat from the chaff, the authors provide readers with a much better understanding of the limitations of these new technologies, along with propositions for their better use and within the societal context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461274438
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Essay 1: A Conspiracy of Parts = In the early 1960s a blizzard of parts, upgrades, revisions commenced which was perpetrated by silicon companies, from which conspiracy we have still not recovered. Essay 2: Toward a Theory of Machine Consciousness = All we have really gotten from the A.I. revolution so far is something akin to microwave appliances that "usually" work. Essay 3: Multimedia: Melange' Obscur = The unfortunate effect of modern multimedia on the normal practice of scientific investigation is discussed. Essay 4: Network Chaos = How communication, thought and emotion become forced cartooning on the BBS, and how language, and users of it are transformed for the worst. Essay 5: Education Be Not Automatic = It is argued that the "computer revolution" may yield a null result, unless the nature of education is taken seriously before computers intervene. Essay 6: Virtual Reality, and All That= The emergence of "virtual reality" (VR) is first discussed from a logical perspective, then from a functional perspective, along with obfuscation factors arising from various uses of the term.

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