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The Resource Rise of the machines : a cybernetic history, Thomas Rid

Rise of the machines : a cybernetic history, Thomas Rid

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Rise of the machines : a cybernetic history
Title
Rise of the machines
Title remainder
a cybernetic history
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Thomas Rid
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Language
eng
Summary
"Springing from the febrile mind of mathematician Norbert Wiener amid the devastation of World War II, the cybernetic vision underpinned a host of seductive myths about the future of machines. This vision would radically transform the postwar world, ushering in sweeping cultural change. From the Cold War's monumental SAGE bomber defense system to enhanced humans, Wiener's scheme turned computers from machines of assured destruction into engines of brilliant utopias. Cybernetics triggered blissful cults, the Whole Earth Catalog, and feminist manifestos, just as it fueled martial gizmos and the air force's foray into virtual space. As Rid shows, Cybernetics proved a powerful tool for two competing factions-- those who sought to make a better world and those who sought to control the one at hand. In the Bay Area, techno-libertarians embraced networked machines as the portal to a new electronic frontier: a peaceful, open space of freedom. In Washington, DC, cyberspace provided the perfect theater for dominance and war. Meanwhile the future arrived secretly in 1996, with Moonlight Maze, dawn of a new age of digital state-on-state espionage. That "first cyberwar" ... went on for years-- and indeed has never stopped. In our long-promised cybernetic future, the line between utopia and dystopia continues to be disturbingly thin."--Jacket flap
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DLC
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  • illustrations
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Index
index present
LC call number
T14.5
LC item number
.R535 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Rise of the machines : a cybernetic history, Thomas Rid
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-385) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Control and communication at war -- Cybernetics -- Automation -- Organisms -- Culture -- Space -- Anarchy -- War -- Fall of the machines
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Dimensions
25 cm
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Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 414 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393286007
Lccn
2016007022
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)921868924

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