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Rise of the machines : the lost history of cybernetics / Thomas Rid
Bib ID 7014603
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Rid, Thomas, 1975- author
 
Description Brunswick, Victoria : Scribe Publications, 2016 
©2016 
xvi, 414 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781925321425 (paperback)
Summary

A sweeping exploration of man's relationship with machines, and the inventions and myths that shape our world. As lives offline and online merge even more, it is easy to forget how we got here. Rise of the Machines reclaims the spectacular story of cybernetics, a control theory of manand-machine and one of the twentieth century's pivotal ideas. 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 of cyborgs, cyberculture, and cyberspace. Wiener's scheme slowly transformed computers from machines of assured destruction to engines of brilliant utopias. Cybernetics, in turn, triggered blissful cults and martial gizmos, The Whole Earth Catalog, and the U.S. Air Force's foray into virtual space. It continues to fuel anarchists and cyberwarriors today. Drawing on unpublished sources including interviews with hippies, anarchists, sleuths, and spies, Rise of the Machines offers an unparalleled perspective into our anxious embrace of technology.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Cybernetics -- History.

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