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A Network Orange

Logic and Responsibility in the Computer Age

  • Authors
  • Richard Crandall
  • Marvin Levich

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Richard Crandall, Marvin Levich
    Pages 1-22
  3. Richard Crandall, Marvin Levich
    Pages 23-42
  4. Richard Crandall, Marvin Levich
    Pages 43-61
  5. Richard Crandall, Marvin Levich
    Pages 63-83
  6. Richard Crandall, Marvin Levich
    Pages 85-107
  7. Richard Crandall, Marvin Levich
    Pages 109-123
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 125-130

About this book

Introduction

Computer technology has become a mirror of what we are and a screen on which we project both our hopes and our fears for the way the world is changing. Earlier in this century, particularly in the post-World War II era of unprecedented growth and prosperity, the social contract between citi­ zens and scientists/engineers was epitomized by the line Ronald Reagan promoted as spokesman for General Electric: "Progress is our most impor­ tant product. " In more recent decades, post-Chernobyl, post-Challenger, post-Bhopal, post-Microsoft, the social contract has undergone a transfor­ mation. More people are uncertain, fearful, and downright opposed to the notion that more technology guarantees a better life. What is a "better life"? Who benefits and who loses when new technologies change the way we live, work, learn, and play? Who has a say in the way technologies are designed and deployed? Where are we going, are we sure we want to go there, and who has the power to do anything about itt From the early days of the railroads, into the era of electrification, through the McLuhan age, much of the discourse about technology has been hype, utopianism, and what some historians have called "the rhetoric of the technological sublime. " We have discovered, however, that not all people benefit economically or politically from technological change.

Keywords

Audio Oracle algorithms chaos multimedia responsibility visualization

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