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" This is not a book about American technology, but about American technology" so Noble began this important book in 1984 when computerization had truly taken hold of American life, and when unemployment was high in the United States. Now, in 2012 Noble's predictions have come to fruition. Management is not interested in preserving meaningful jobs, but in continuing Taylor's techniues of subdividing tasks and ultimately when machines can take over, eliminating the human element altogether, much as has happened in agriculture. There is much valuable material here. Noble emphasizes the role the military industrial complex played in achieving these ends. His conclusion is that as early as the middle eighties the U.S., in fact the world, was already faced with structual unemployment, with no solution to unemployment in sight. An excellent book.
A World Without Women: The Christian Clerical Culture of Western Science
David F Noble
Limited preview - 2013