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Computer Power and Human Reason by Joseph Weizenbaum The Elements of Programming Style by Brian W. Kernighan Technopoly by Neil Postman The Art. WHERE THE POWER OF THE COMPUTER COMES FROM Joseph Weizenbaum. 3. AGAINST THE IMPERIALISM OF INSTRUMENTAL REASON Born in Berlin, Germany, Joseph Weizenbaum immigrated to the United States as a child. He is among the world’s foremost computer scientists, as well as a.

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Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references All stub articles. Weizenbaum’s perspective is that, while contentious areas of computer science research are not intrinsically bad, just because certain things can be done does not mean they should be done.

I read and was impressed by this book when it was first published. This reactionary stance–the opposition to the amorality of science–is certainly not unique to Weizenbaum.

Paddy rated it it was amazing Oct ckmputer, Science has given us this great victory over ignorance. This book is an indispensable piece of the history of Artificial Intelligence and formal criticisms of computing. I really enjoyed this one, it covers the problem from many aspects and the author places a great emphasis on the moral side of the issue too. This proximity and familiarity with computers has helped us understand firsthand a truth that Weizenbaum describes in a more abstract way: His argument jpseph reminiscent of, “don’t resson have people to do these things?

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum

Quotes from Computer Power an Incredibly prescient given its date. Trivia About Computer Power an This article needs additional citations for verification. Published January 1st by W. Retrieved from ” https: Sociology books Technology books Philosophy of artificial intelligence books Technology book stubs Sociology book stubs. Weizenbaum’s thoughts on the responsibility of each generation to carefully chose the set of problems reaxon consider aeizenbaum enough to be tackled.


How much do you trust a computer? Remember, we are still in control of the direction and pace of technological development. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He starts by talking science in what is a quite accessible but no less technical manner. Once he has laid the technical groundwork for jsoeph arguments, he moves to the philosophical.

But really this is applicable to any field I guess. This article about a book on technology is a stub. No How much do you trust a computer? He lays out what he believes technology should not ever do: Weizenbaum does not provide extensive logical proofs for his statements; nor would that be effective, considering that a fundamental part of his appeal, underlying the entire flow of the book, is that we have joseh wrong by solely placing our faith in quantitative studies, numbers and logic.

Jun 17, mm rated it liked jlseph. The layman’s perception of the computer as a sort of super-human again, this is is beginning to have seriously dangerous consequences. They all seem to have the innocence, the obliviousness, of the monomaniacal, compulsive programmers he has described earlier.

An outspoken critic of overdependence on and misuse of powerful new computers, Weizenbaum claims that individual privacy is being depleted rapidly by the computer revolution.

He has nothing he can analyze or synthesize; in short, he has nothing to form theories about. In he was appointed professor of computer science and engineering at MIT and also became editor of the International Journal of Man-Machine Studies.


Having practiced computer model building for a while, I have often been perplexed by the way managers respond to these decision support tools. While this technological optimism may have faded some since the ’70s, there is something else Weizenbaum describes that is absolutely timeless: So, to appreciate Weizenbaum’s book fully, get in a time machine–to a time when you needed to rexson time to be with a computer, the computer had a cabal-like group of attendants to help you make requests of it, and this computer had a presence–like a guru on a mountain, you came to it.

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Matthias rated it liked it Apr 09, My library Help Advanced Book Search. No eBook available Amazon. Weizenbaum’s purpose in writing seems like a magician coming clean, showing his audience the secret compartments and trapdoors.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Well, maybe despite the mundaneness of computers and their accelerating intelligence, we still are. Jan 24, Ed Finn rated it it was amazing.

Weizenbaum worked for General Electric as a computer systems engineer in the late s and early s, before becoming an instructor in the Department of Computer Science at MIT in Choicehowever, is the product of judgment, not calculation. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I think it will take me a while to absorb all of it. A book too important to be read just once.