Perspectives on the Computer Revolution

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Zenon W. Pylyshyn, Liam Bannon
Intellect Books, 1989 - Computers - 550 pages
This is a completely revised and updated edition of this text designed to introduce students to the historical, intellectual and social context of computers. Although the majority of the chapters in this edition are new, the original criteria for selecting essays has been retained. The text retains the historical pieces and adds new material on artifical intelligence, the human-computer interface, the intellectual importance of computing, and the social imapct of computer technology.
 

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Excellent compilation of papers from the for-fathers of the computer sciences and more. I read the 1970 edition and I fully recommend it if you want to have revealing insight into this revolution,

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Very interesting, and insightful. Pieces together a lot of lose concepts that intertwine the computer revolution. It does get down to the nitty gritty on certain operational concepts. This is good.
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Contents

Some Perspectives on the Early History of Computers 1970
5
Of the Analytical Engine 1864
15
Proposed Automatic Calculating Machine 1937
29
Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic
39
As We May Think 1945
49
Notes and Suggestions for Further ReadingSection I
63
The Fourth Discontinuity 1967
71
Computing Machinery and Intelligence 1950
85
Suggestions for Further ReadingSection III
307
Industrial Robots on the Line 1982
317
Where Workers Craft New Technology 1985
341
What is Office Automation? 1980
351
Personal Computers and Education 1980 1984
369
Suggestions for Further ReadingSection IV
397
Social Dimensions of Computing
401
The Destruction of Machines in Erewhon 1872
407

What is Artificial Intelligence? Extract from
135
Algorithms 1960
203
Computers Knowledge and the Human Mind 1987
223
Notes and Suggestions for Further ReadingSection II
239
The Trouble with UNIX 1981
249
Designing the Star User Interface 1982
261
Training Wheels in a User Interface 1984
285
The Pioneering Work of Douglas C Engelbart 1987
301
The Technological Society 1954
415
On the Impact of the Computer on Society 1972
431
What Computers Mean for Man and Society 1977
445
Theoretical Perspectives in Social Analyses
459
Suggestions for Further ReadingSection V
529
The Computer and the Poet 1966
535
Subject Index
543
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Zenon W. Pylyshyn is Board of Governors Professor of Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. He is the author of "Things and Places: How the Mind Connects with the World "(MIT Press) and other books.

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