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

Author: Steve Talbott
Publisher: Sebastopol, CA : O'Reilly & Associates, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print 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: 9781402208768 1402208766
OCLC Number: 131563717
Description: xv, 281 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The deceiving virtues of technology --
Hold a blossom to the light --
Toward an ecological conversation --
Can technology make the handicapped whole? --
The many voices of destiny --
On forgetting to wear boots --
Why is the moon getting farther away? --
Failure to connect --
Educational provocations --
Three notes : on baby walkers, video games, and sex --
Who's killing higher education? (or is it suicide) --
Conversing with Ella --
Flesh and mahcines : the mere assertions of Rodney Brooks --
Froam HAL to Kismet --
Invisible tools or emotionally supportive pals? --
Evil --
The threat of technology that works well --
The ideal of ubiquitous technology --
Privacy in an age of data --
A taste for number magic --
The internet : reflections on our present discontents.
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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 forgetting one important thing - our Selves, the human spirit from which technology stems."--Jacket.

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