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.
|Publisher:||Springer New York|
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1998|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.01(d)|
Table of Contents1 A Conspiracy Of Parts.- • Doubly flawed anatomical design.- • Computer technology as a product of world war.- • The brilliance of John von Neumann.- • When there was one transistor per person.- • A game of leapfrog.- • The “cotasking” of biological systems.- • Neural networks and genetic algorithms.- • The promise of nanotechnology.- • Quantum computation.- • The fate of the conspiracy.- 2 Toward A Theory Of Machine Consciousness.- • The boondoggle of artificial intelligence.- • Double obfuscation.- • Extreme difficulty.- • Progress in AI.- • Input starvation.- • Output modes: expert systems and intelligent agents.- • The mysterious “Gedankenexperiment”.- • A theory of machine consciousness.- 3 Multimedia: Mélange Obscur.- • A night at the opera.- • The meaning of media.- • Visual data.- • Audio data.- • Text still suffers.- • Ink as data medium.- • Teleconferencing as canonical testbed.- • A scenario for unified multimedia.- • Scientific visualization and the demolition of science.- 4 A Network Orange.- • Unpredictability.- • Oracles and actors.- • The BBS as canonical educational testbed.- • Language mangling.- • The emergence of the World Wide Web.- • On the issue of network responsibility.- 5 Virtual Reality, And All That.- • What does virtual really mean?.- • VR implementations.- • The fascination with VR.- • From little reality to big reality.- • Simulating from the vacuum.- • Maps, models, and immersion.- • The Holy Grail.- • GVR.- 6 Education Be Not Automatic.- • Education pursuant to technology.- • What education is and what it is not.- • Incremental revolutions.- • Enriching the curriculum with the computer.- • Computer technology and liberal education.- • How not to teach writing.- • From words to pictures.- • The Scottish Verdict: not proven.