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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.
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"Self-forgetfulness is the reigning temptation of the technological era. This is why we so readily give our assent to the absurd proposition that a computer can add two plus two, despite the obvious fact that it can do nothing of the sort--not if we have in mind anything remotely resembling what we do when we add numbers. In the computer's case, the mechanics of addition involve no motivation, no consciousness of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Talbott, Steve.
Devices of the soul.
Sebastopol, Calif. : O'Reilly Media, 2007
(DLC) 2007530633
(OCoLC)150375735
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Talbott
ISBN: 9780596515232 0596515235
OCLC Number: 770008725
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 281 pages)
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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Challenges us to step back and take an objective look at the technology driving our lives. The author illustrates that we're forgetting one important thing - our Selves, the human spirit from which  Read more...

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