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

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Viking, 2001 - Computers - 502 pages
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In 1962, decades before "personal computers" and "Internet" became household words, the revolution that gave rise to both of them was set in motion from a small, nondescript office in the depths of the Pentagon. In an age when the word "computer" still meant a big, ominous mainframe mysteriously processing punch cards, the occupant of that office-an MIT psychologist named J.C.R. Licklider-had somehow seen a future in which computers would become an exciting new medium of expression, a joyful inspiration to creativity, and a gateway to a vast on-line world of information. And now he was determined to use the Pentagon's money to make it all happen. Written with the novelistic flair that made his Complexity "the most exciting intellectual adventure story of the year" (Washington Post), M. Mitchell Waldrop's The Dream Machine is the first full-scale portrait of J.C.R. Licklider and how his dream of a "human-computer symbiosis" changed the course of science and culture. But more than that, it is anepic saga of technological advance that spans the history of modern computers from the Second World War to the explosion of creativity at Xerox

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Review: The Dream Machine: JCR Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal

User Review  - Myles - Goodreads

The role JCR Licklider played in creating the Internet and the entire personal computer revolution. Very well researched and written. Read full review

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User Review  - Elaine Nelson - Goodreads

Read this quite a few years ago (pre-Goodreads), saving now so I don't keep forgetting the title. :\ What I remember is that it was a really good book. Read full review

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Waldrop is formerly a senior wrtier at Science magazine.

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