The Universal Machine

From the Dawn of Computing to Digital Consciousness

  • Authors
  • Ian Watson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ian Watson
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  16. Back Matter
    Pages 331-353

About this book


The computer unlike other inventions is universal; you can use a computer for many tasks: writing, composing music, designing buildings, creating movies, inhabiting virtual worlds, communicating... 
This popular science history isn't just about technology but introduces the pioneers: Babbage, Turing, Apple's Wozniak and Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Zuckerberg. This story is about people and the changes computers have caused. In the future ubiquitous computing, AI, quantum and molecular computing could even make us immortal. The computer has been a radical invention. In less than a single human life computers are transforming economies and societies like no human invention before.


Alan Turing Apple and Wozniak Babbage Analytical Engine Future of Computing History of Computing Intelligent Machines Steve Jobs

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