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The closed world : computers and the politics of discourse in Cold War America

Author: Paul N Edwards
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1997, ©1996.
Series: Inside technology.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st MIT Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This text is an alternative history of computers and cognitive science. How Cold War social and cultural contexts shaped emerging technology is discussed. Beginning with an account of the emergence  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
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Edwards, Paul N.
Closed world.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1997, ©1996
(DLC) 95024674
(OCoLC)40671430
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul N Edwards
ISBN: 0585002916 9780585002910 9780262050517 026205051X 0262272164 9780262272162
OCLC Number: 42636403
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 440 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. "We defend every place" : building the Cold War world --
2. Why build computers? : the military role in computer research --
3. Sage --
4. From operations research to the electronic battlefield --
5. Interlude : metaphor and the politics of subjectivity --
6. The machine in the middle : cybernetic psychology and World War II --
7. Noise, communication, and cognition --
8. Constructing artificial intelligence --
9. Computers and politics in Cold War II --
10. Minds, machines, and subjectivity in the closed world.
Series Title: Inside technology.
Responsibility: Paul N. Edwards.

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A fascinating glimpse into the history of computing and a cogentreminder of the extent to which this history continues to inform ourvision of the future.-Grant Kester, The Nation The Closed World is Read more...

 
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