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Moths to the Flame. The Seductions of Computer Technology.

Rawlins, Gregory J. E.

Verlag: The MIT Press, London, 1996
ISBN 10: 0262181762 / ISBN 13: 9780262181761
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Titel: Moths to the Flame. The Seductions of ...

Verlag: The MIT Press, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1996

Einband: hardcover

Zustand: Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Acceptable

Art des Buches: Ex-Library


Sound publication with clean pages and clear content. Usual library markings incl. library shelf label on spine, stamps on page block and marks of previous loan slip on FEP. Dust jacket has plastic cover around it. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 188746

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Inhaltsangabe: In "Moths to the Flame", the author takes us on a tour of the world wrought by modern technology, a technology he points out that is rooted deep inside the military: a technology that when applied to everyday life, may have startling results. Unlike space technology, today's technological race won't simply bring us Tang-flavoured Velcro. Rawlins' stories and anecdotes increase awareness of technology itself as a player in the political and commercial climate of our times. In our head-long rush toward networked humanity Rawlins raises serious concerns about our future jobs and our future wars: we can figure out what kind of job to get today if we know where technology is taking us tomorrow. The book's first four chapters explore the worlds of privacy, virtual reality, publishing and computer networks, while the last four focus on social issues such as warfare, jobs, computer catastrophes, and the future itself. Throughout unusual, eye-opening analogies and historical comparisons - from Egyptian hieroglyphics to the sewing machine to the codebreakers of World War II - give us a context for the computer age, showing how new technologies have always bred intertwined hope and resistance.

Rezension: "Rawlins is a terrifically angular writer, crisp and fluid and recognizable. Very nice staccato in the vignettes and stories he uses to illustrate his notions, VERY interesting metaphors, almost anthropological in its reach and ability to hang in one's memory like an afterimage."--Deborah Fitzgerald, Program on Science and Technology, MIT

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