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From one of the editors of the renowned book Beyond Calculation, acclaimed by The New York Times for its "astonishing intellectual reach", comes a new collection of equal brilliance. Focusing on the impact of computers on humans, Talking Back to the Machine features essays on how computers will affect the ways we live, learn, teach, communicate, and relate to each other in the coming decades. Outstanding contemporary thinkers describe the myriad ways, both good and bad, in which our lives will be altered by information technology, and what we can do to influence these changes. Talking Back to the Machine is a must-read for anyone who is interested in technology and society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387984131
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 6/4/1999
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword (Robert Metcalfe).- Preface (Peter Denning).- Introduction (James Burke).- The Folly of Prediction (Gordon Bell).- Non-Electronic Computing (Joel Birnbaum).- The Future of the Internet (Vin Cerf).- The Transformation of Stories (Brian Ferrin).- Information Technology and Business (Fernando Flores).- The Quality of Information (Murray Gell-Mann).- Telecommunications in the Future (Reed Hundt).- The Cultural Impact of Information Technology (Laurel).- Intelligent Agents and Software Technology (Patti Maes).- The Future of Semiconductors (Mead).- The Future of Software (With Some Speculations about Windows 47) (Nathan Myhrvold).- Information Technology and the Face of War (William Perry).- How Computing Research Will Pay Off (Raj Reddy).- Computers and Early Education (Eliot Soloway).- The Dark Side of Information Technology (Bruce Sterling).- Learning to Predict the Future from the Past (Wilkes).- Insert: A Tour of the Exhibits (Dave Kasik).

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