Only a few books stand as landmarks in social and scientific upheaval. Norbert Wiener's classic is one in that small company. Founder of the science of cybernetics—the study of the relationship between computers and the human nervous system—Wiener was widely misunderstood as one who advocated the automation of human life. As this book reveals, his vision was much more complex and interesting. He hoped that machines would release people from relentless and repetitive drudgery in order to achieve more creative pursuits. At the same time he realized the danger of dehumanizing and displacement. His book examines the implications of cybernetics for education, law, language, science, technology, as he anticipates the enormous impact—in effect, a third industrial revolution—that the computer has had on our lives.
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- Sphere Books Ltd.
- Kiadás éve:
- Kiadás helye:
- Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd.
- Kötés típusa:
- ragasztott papír
- Szélesség: 11.00cm, Magasság: 18.00cm
I Cybernetics in History 17
II Progress and Entropy 28
III Rigidity and Learning: Two Patterns of
Communicative Behavior 45
IV The Mechanism and History of Language 67
V Organization as the Message 85
VI Law and Communication 93
VII Communication, Secrecy, and Social Policy 99
VIII Role of the Intellectual and the Scientist 115
IX The First and the Second Industrial Revolution 119
X Some Communication Machines and Their
XI Language, Confusion, and Jam 162