Talking Back to the Machine

Computers and Human Aspiration

  • Editors
  • Peter J. Denning

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Gordon Bell
    Pages 1-13
  3. Carver Mead
    Pages 15-21
  4. Joel Birnbaum
    Pages 23-35
  5. Pattie Maes
    Pages 37-44
  6. Nathan Myhrvold
    Pages 45-53
  7. Bran Ferren
    Pages 55-69
  8. William Perry
    Pages 71-80
  9. Fernando Flores
    Pages 81-88
  10. Vinton G. Cerf
    Pages 89-97
  11. Brenda Laurel
    Pages 99-109
  12. Maurice Wilkes
    Pages 111-116
  13. Elliot Soloway
    Pages 117-124
  14. Reed Hundt
    Pages 125-132
  15. Bruce Sterling
    Pages 133-141
  16. Murray Gell-Mann
    Pages 155-165
  17. James Burke
    Pages 167-173
  18. David J. Kasik
    Pages 175-188
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 189-193

About this book


From the editors of the wildly successful Beyond Calculation comes another exploration of the overwhelming impact of computers on our future. This time, the essays focus on the human impact of computer technology and culture: how computers will affect the ways we teach, learn, communicate, relate to each other, and live in the coming decades. The contributors, representing the best of many fields, include Secretary of Defense William Perry on how computers will affect warfare; Brian Ferrin on technology and storytelling; Patti Maes on intelligent agents; Nobel Laureate Murray Gell-Mann on the quality of information; Eliot Soloway on the impact of computers on education; and many more. Like Beyond Calculation, praised by the New York Times for its "astonishing intellectual reach," this sequel engages readers with some of the most compelling and important issues of our time.


Altern Business Calculation Information Technology (IT) Internet technology

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7433-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2148-7
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