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Devices of the soul : battling for our selves in an age of machines

Author: Steve Talbott
Publisher: Sebastopol, Calif. : O'Reilly Media, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this insightful book, author Steve Talbott - software programmer and technical writer turned researcher and editor for The Nature Institute - challenges us to step back and take an objective look at the technology driving our lives. At a time when 65 percent of American consumers spend more time with their PCs than they do with their significant others, according to a recent study, Talbott illustrates that we're  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Talbott
ISBN: 9780596526801 0596526806
OCLC Number: 150375735
Description: xv, 281 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Credits --
pt. 1. Technology, nature, and the human prospect --
ch. 1. The deceiving virtues of technology --
ch. 2. Hold a blossom to the light --
ch. 3. Toward an ecological conversation --
pt. 2. Extraordinary lives --
ch. 4. Can technology make the handicapped whole? --
ch. 5. The many voices of destiny --
ch. 6. On forgetting to wear boots --
pt. 3. From information to education --
ch. 7. Why is the Moon getting farther away? --
ch. 8. Failure to connect --
ch. 9. Educational provocations --
ch. 10. Three notes : on baby walkers, video games, and sex --
ch. 11. Who's killing higher education? (or is it suicide?) --
pt. 4. On socializing our machines --
ch. 12. Conversing with Ella --
ch. 13. Flesh and machines : the mere assertions of Rodney Brooks --
ch. 14. From HAL to Kismet --
ch. 15. Invisible tools or emotionally supportive pals? --
pt. 5. On mechanizing society --
ch. 16. Evil --
ch. 17. The threat of technology that works well --
ch. 18. The ideal of ubiquitous technology --
ch. 19. Privacy in an age of data --
ch. 20. A taste for number magic --
ch. 21. The Internet : reflections on our present discontents --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Steve Talbott.
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