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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virtual space, as well as crypto anarchists fighting for internet freedom.In Rise of the Machines, Thomas Rid draws on unpublished sources including interviews with hippies, anarchists, sleuths, and spies to offer an unparalleled perspective into our anxious embrace of technology 32 pages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...

Title : Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History
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ISBN : 0393354954
ISBN13 : 978-0393354959
Format Type : Paperback
Language : Deutsch
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Number of Pages : 576 Pages
File Size : 569 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History Reviews

  • Rudolph V. Dusek
    2019-05-11 15:26

    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.

  • J. Deacon
    2019-05-02 14:37

    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.

  • Lawrence M. Hinman
    2019-04-26 13:21

    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.

  • M. Cobo
    2019-05-02 12:14

    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.

  • Edgar F. Speiden
    2019-05-03 15:29

    Excellent Book, well researched and written.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-04-21 10:14

    A prophetic history.....

  • Wes Williams
    2019-05-08 08:24

    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.

  • Dennis Moyes
    2019-04-21 09:25

    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.