The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal

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Penguin USA (P) C/O Penguin Putnam Incorporated, 2002 - 502 páginas
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While most people may not be familiar with the name J. C. R. Licklider, he was the guiding spirit behind the greatest revolution of the modern era. At a time when most computers were big, ponderous mainframes, he envisioned them as desktop tools that could empower individuals, foster creativity, and allow the sharing of information all over the world. Working from an obscure office in the depths of the Pentagon, he set in motion the forces that could make his vision real. Writing with the same novelistic flair that made his Complexity "the most exciting intellectual adventure story of the year" ("The Washington Post"), Waldrop presents the history of this great enterprise and the first full-scale portrait of the man whose dream of a "human-computer symbiosis" changed the course of science and culture, gave us the modern world of computing, and laid the foundation for the Internet age.
"Waldrop's account of [Licklider's] and many others' world-transforming contributions is compelling." (John Allen Paulos, "The New York Times Book Review")
"A masterpiece! A mesmerizing but balanced and comprehensive look at the making of the information revolution." (John Seely Brown, former director of Xerox PARC, and coauthor of "The Social Life of Information")

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This book painted a really inspirational picture for me of the pioneering days of computing. There is a lot of extremely well researched history here that I really had no clue about beyond high level ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Licklider, known to many simply as "Lick," was a revolutionary thinker for his time. During the early 1960s, he viewed the computer as a tool of communication and focused his attention on ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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M. Mitchell Waldrop, formerly a senior writer at "Science" magazine, is the author of "Complexity" & "Man-Made Minds". He lives in Washington, D.C.

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