Talking Back to the Machine

Author: Peter J. Denning
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 146122148X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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From one of the editors of the renowned book Beyond Calculation, acclaimed by The New York Times for its "astonishing intellectual reach", comes a new collection of equal brilliance. Focusing on the impact of computers on humans, Talking Back to the Machine features essays on how computers will affect the ways we live, learn, teach, communicate, and relate to each other in the coming decades. Outstanding contemporary thinkers describe the myriad ways, both good and bad, in which our lives will be altered by information technology, and what we can do to influence these changes. Talking Back to the Machine is a must-read for anyone who is interested in technology and society.

Machines That Become Us

Author: James E. Katz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351508032
Format: PDF
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Social critics and artificial intelligence experts have long prophesized that computers and robots would soon relegate humans to the dustbin of history. Many among the general population seem to have shared this fear of a dehumanized future. But how are people in the twenty-first century actually reacting to the ever-expanding array of gadgets and networks at their disposal? Is computer anxiety a significant problem, paralyzing and terrorizing millions, or are ever-proliferating numbers of gadgets being enthusiastically embraced? Machines that Become Us explores the increasingly intimate relationship between people and their personal communication technologies.In the first book of its kind, internationally recognized scholars from the United States and Europe explore this topic. Among the technologies analyzed include the Internet, personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile phones, networked homes, smart fabrics and wearable computers, interactive location badges, and implanted monitoring devices. The authors discuss critical policy issues, such as the problems of information resource access and equity, and the recently discovered digital dropouts phenomena.The use of the word become in the book's title has three different meanings. The first suggests how people use these technologies to broaden their abilities to communicate and to represent themselves to others. Thus the technologies become extensions and representatives of the communicators. A second sense of become applies to analysis of the way these technologies become physically integrated with the user's clothing and even their bodies. Finally, contributors examine fashion aspects and uses of these technologies, that is, how they are used in ways becoming to the wearer. The conclusions of many chapters are supported by data, including ethnographic observations, attitude surveys and case studies from the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Finland, and Norway. This approach is especially valuable

Communication Mosaics

Author: Julia T. Wood
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780534646868
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Julia Wood, a leading scholar in the field of communication, brings us a new edition of the extremely popular COMMUNICATION MOSAICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD OF COMMUNICATION. The new edition continues with the holistic approach to the field of communication by first explaining the basic processes central to all communication contexts (e.g. listening, perceiving, using verbal and nonverbal communication, establishing climate), and then applying these processes to various contexts (interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, intercultural, and mass communication). Through reviewer and student-praised "Student Voices" features, seamless and thoughtful integration of diversity, skill-building pedagogy and real-life examples, students are exposed to the vast world of communication and the tools needed to become effective communicators. This book will provide readers with a clear understanding of the fundamental skills and processes that are a part of the broad array of communication encounters in personal, professional and public life in the 21st century.

Computer science

Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on the Fundamentals of Computer Science: Challenges and Opportunities
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309093019
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A Gift of Fire

Author: Sara Baase
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0136008488
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Gift of Fire is ideal for courses in Computer Ethics and Computers and Society. In this revision of a best-seller, Baase explores the social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and the controversies they raise. With a computer scientist's perspective, and with historical context for many issues, she covers the issues readers will face both as members of a technological society and as professionals in computer-related fields. A primary goal is to develop computer professionals who understand the implications of what they create and how it fits into society at large.

Challenges facing Chinese political development

Author: Sujian Guo
ISBN: 9780739120941
Format: PDF, ePub
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This edited volume examines the challenges in Chinese political development from a holistic perspective in that each of the authors emphasizes a particular dimension or specific issue of political culture, political economy, foreign policy, environmental and social challenges.