Moths to the Flame : The Seductions of Computer Technology

Moths to the Flame : The Seductions of Computer Technology

Addresses important issues concerning the role of computers on privacy, war, and poverty.

Publication date: 01 Aug 1996

ISBN-10: 0262181762

ISBN-13: 9780262181761

Paperback: 194 pages

Views: 15,007

Type: Book

Publisher: The MIT Press

License: n/a

Post time: 28 Oct 2004 10:25:25

Moths to the Flame : The Seductions of Computer Technology

Moths to the Flame : The Seductions of Computer Technology Addresses important issues concerning the role of computers on privacy, war, and poverty.
Tag(s): Hackers and Computer Philosophy
Publication date: 01 Aug 1996
ISBN-10: 0262181762
ISBN-13: 9780262181761
Paperback: 194 pages
Views: 15,007
Document Type: Book
Publisher: The MIT Press
License: n/a
Post time: 28 Oct 2004 10:25:25
Book excerpts:

In Moths to the Flame, the author takes us on a tour of the world wrought by modern technology, a technology he points out that is rooted deep inside the military: a technology that when applied to everyday life, may have startling results. Unlike space technology, today's technological race won't simply bring us Tang-flavoured Velcro.

Rawlins' stories and anecdotes increase awareness of technology itself as a player in the political and commercial climate of our times. In our head-long rush toward networked humanity Rawlins raises serious concerns about our future jobs and our future wars: we can figure out what kind of job to get today if we know where technology is taking us tomorrow.

The book's first four chapters explore the worlds of privacy, virtual reality, publishing and computer networks, while the last four focus on social issues such as warfare, jobs, computer catastrophes, and the future itself. Throughout unusual analogies and historical comparisons - from Egyptian hieroglyphics to the sewing machine to the codebreakers of World War II - give us a context for the computer age, showing how new technologies have always bred intertwined hope and resistance.

Reviews:

Amazon.com

:( "Rawlins casually addresses important issues concerning the role of computers concerning privacy, war, and poverty with no apparent insights or solutions."

ERCB

:? "Rawlins addresses all the right issues, but he seems to be categorically unable to take a position on them."

The Montana Professor

:) "Readers looking for a flamboyantly painted picture of the past, present, and future roles of computers in society will be pleased with Moths to the Flame."
 




About The Author(s)


Associate professor of computer science at Indiana University. Current passions are object-oriented programming, Java, the open-source movement, data mining, spatial interfaces, and adaptive software, as exemplified by the Java open-source KnownSpace Project

Gregory J. E. Rawlins

Associate professor of computer science at Indiana University. Current passions are object-oriented programming, Java, the open-source movement, data mining, spatial interfaces, and adaptive software, as exemplified by the Java open-source KnownSpace Project


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