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Life in code : a personal history of technology

Author: Ellen Ullman
Publisher: New York : Picador, [2018], ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The last twenty years have brought us the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society. Through it all, Ellen Ullman worked inside that rising culture of technology, and in Life in Code she continues to tell the story – first begun in Close to the Machine – of what she has lived and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Ellen Ullman; Ellen Ullman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Ullman
ISBN: 1250181690 9781250181695
OCLC Number: 1000345223
Contents: Part one. The programming life --
Outside of time : reflections on the programming life --
Come in, CQ --
The dumbing down of programming : some thoughts on programming, knowing, and the nature of "easy" --
What we were afraid of as we feared Y2K --
Part two. The rise and first fall of the Internet --
The museum of me --
Fiber optic nights --
Off the high --
To catch a falling knife --
Part three. Life, artificial --
Programming the post-human : computer science redefines "life" --
Is Sadie the Cat a trick? --
Memory and megabytes --
Dining with robots --
Part four. Three stories about what we owe the past --
While I was away --
Close to the mainframe --
The party line --
Part five. The hand that writes the code --
Programming for the millions --
Boom two : a farewell.
Responsibility: Ellen Ullman.

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"The last twenty years have brought us the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society. Through it all, Ellen Ullman worked inside that rising culture of technology, and in Life in Code she continues to tell the story – first begun in Close to the Machine – of what she has lived and witnessed. It is necessarily the story of digital technology’s loss of innocence as it entered the cultural mainstream, and it is a personal reckoning with all that has changed, and so much that hasn’t.” – Back cover.

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