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The fourth discontinuity : the co-evolution of humans and machines

Author: Bruce Mazlish
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"[Mazlish] reaches back five centuries to trace the history of our uneasy relationship with the idea of artificial 'life' and mechanical aspects of the human being. This analysis ... interweaves science, technology and literature to depict a changing cultural gestalt"--Cover.
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Mazlish
ISBN: 0300054114 9780300054118 0300065124 9780300065121
OCLC Number: 27034823
Description: 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Animal-Machine --
3. Automata --
4. The Industrial Revolution --
5. Linnaeus and Darwin --
6. Freud and Pavlov --
7. Babbage, Huxley, and Butler --
8. The Biogenetic Revolution --
9. The Computer-Brain Revolution --
10. The Beginning of a Conclusion --
11. The Ending of a Conclusion.
Responsibility: Bruce Mazlish.

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Discusses the relationship between humans and machines, pondering the implications of humans becoming more mechanical and of computer robots being programmed to think. He describes early Greek and  Read more...

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