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The dream machine : J.C.R. Licklider and the revolution that made computing personal

Author: M Mitchell Waldrop
Publisher: San Francisco : Stripe Press, 2018. ©2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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"The year is 1962. More than a decade will pass before personal computers emerge from the garages of Silicon Valley, and a full thirty years before the Internet explosion of the 1990s. The word computer still has an ominous tone, conjuring up the image of a huge, intimidating device hidden away in an overlit, air-conditioned basement, relentlessly processing punch cards for some large institution: them. Yet, sitting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: J C R Licklider; J C R Licklider
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M Mitchell Waldrop
ISBN: 9781732265110 1732265119
OCLC Number: 1088441121
Description: 527 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Tracy's dad --
Missouri boys --
The last transition --
New kinds of people --
The freedom to make mistakes --
The tale of the fig tree and the wasp --
The phenomena surrounding computers --
The intergalactic network --
Living in the future --
Lick's kids.
Responsibility: M. Mitchell Waldrop.

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"The year is 1962. More than a decade will pass before personal computers emerge from the garages of Silicon Valley, and a full thirty years before the Internet explosion of the 1990s. The word computer still has an ominous tone, conjuring up the image of a huge, intimidating device hidden away in an overlit, air-conditioned basement, relentlessly processing punch cards for some large institution: them. Yet, sitting in a nondescript office in Robert McNamara's Pentagon, a quiet forty-seven-year-old civilian is already planning the revolution that will change forever the way computers are perceived. Somehow, the occupant of that office - a former MIT psychologist named J.C.R. Licklider - has seen a future in which computers will empower individuals, instead of forcing them into rigid conformity. He is almost alone in his conviction that computers can become not just superfast calculating machines but joyful machines: tools that will serve as new media of expression, inspirations to creativity, and gateways to a vast world of on line information. And now he is determined to use the Pentagon's money to make that vision a reality."

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