Dazzling Financial TimesAs lives offline and online merge even , it is easy to forget how we got here Rise of the Machines reclaims the spectacular story of cybernetics, one of the twentieth century s pivotal ideas.Springing from the mind of mathematician Norbert Wiener amid the devastation of World War II, the cybernetic vision underpinned a host of seductive myths about the future of machines Cybernetics triggered blissful cults and military gizmos, the Whole Earth Catalog and the air force s foray into virtual space, as well as crypto anarchists fighting for internet freedom.In Rise of the Machines, Thomas Rid draws on unpublished sources including interviews with hippies, anarchists, sleuths, and spies to offer an unparalleled perspective into our anxious embrace of technology 32 pages of illustrations...
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Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History Reviews
Although the book is very well written and is particularly good on the relations to war (The author is a professor of War Studies.) as well as the counterculture. However, there are some surprising lacunae in the early story of cybernetics. The author mentions that Ampere was the first to use the word (very little known), but he doesn't discuss James Clerk Maxwell on the governor, which Wiener himself discusses concerning his choice of the term.
So much information arranged so that I could somewhat understand the developments in this field. Can't help but admire and appreciate the explorers of this field that shapes the world we live in today.
This is a superb book. Rich in detail, sweeping in scope, the author is always in complete control of his material. I knew many of the individual pieces of this story, but Rid place them all in an illuminating context. Well worth reading--and returning to read again.
It took a few days to make inroads into this book, but once the narrative got to the 70s and 80s I was staying up late to read more. The story ends up recounting a grand narrative of technological determinism, but in a way that never feels kitschy (a remarkable achievement given that the story hinges on a bunch of ancient tech). Highly recommended to anyone who has any interest in the subject.
Excellent Book, well researched and written.
A prophetic history.....
This book is an extensive discussion of the historical aspects of how man and machine were integrated. The rise of the machines was driven by the Second World War and the Germans rise to a technological power during the war. Wars seem to be the catalysts for technological advancements for integrating men and machines to a more integrated relationship.
But how in heavens name does a technical history author get the date of the moon landing wrong? Other than that, I have a much more complete understanding of how we got from WW II to the present without becoming Cylons. I'm less sure about the next 10 years.