The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand Year History

The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand Year History

by Philip E. Auerswald


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ISBN-13: 9780190226763
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/22/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,272,044
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Philip Auerswald is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. He is also the Co-founder and Co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Technology = Recipes 1

Part 1 The Advance of Code

1 Jobs: Divide and Coordinate 13

2 Code: "This Is the Procedure" 25

3 Machines: "The Universal Character" 36

4 Computers: Predicting the Weather 50

Part 2 Code Economics

5 Substitution: The Great Man-vs-Machine Debate 65

6 Information: "Reliable Circuits Using Crummy Relays" 87

7 Learning: The Dividend of Doing 99

8 Evolution: The Code of Life 115

9 Platforms: The Role of Standards in Enabling Increased Complexity 129

Part 3 The Human Advantage

10 Complementarity: The Bifurcation Is Near 151

11 Education: The Game of Life 168

12 Equity: Progress and Poverty 180

13 Authenticity: Creating the Foundation for Reputation 202

14 Purpose: The Promised Sand 216

Conclusion: Identity: A Copernican Moment 235

Acknowledgments 239

Notes 243

References 271

Index 283

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