Digitized: The Science of Computers and how it Shapes Our World
There's a hidden science that affects every part of your life. You are fluent in its terminology of email, WiFi, social networking, and encryption. You use its results when you make a telephone call, access the Internet, use any factory-produced product, or travel in any modern car. The discipline is so new that some prefer to call it a branch of engineering or mathematics. But it is so powerful and world-changing that you would be hard-pressed to find a single human being on the planet unaffected by its achievements. The science of computers enables the supply and creation of power, food, water, medicine, transport, money, communication, entertainment, and most goods in shops. It has transformed societies with the Internet, the digitization of information, mobile phone networks and GPS technologies. Here, Peter J. Bentley explores how this young discipline grew from its theoretical conception by pioneers such as Turing, through its growth spurts in the Internet, its difficult adolescent stage where the promises of AI were never achieved and dot-com bubble burst, to its current stage as a (semi)mature field, now capable of remarkable achievements. Charting the successes and failures of computer science through the years, Bentley discusses what innovations may change our world in the future.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A British academic's history of computer science for general readers, from the 1930s to the present. The personalities given special attention include Alan Turing, Claude Shannon, John von Neumann, Maurice Wilkes, Marvin Minsky, Peter Kirstein, Ivan Sutherland, Douglas Engelbart, John Holland, and Tim Berners-Lee. "Artificial intelligence and its many related fields [... provide] fresh perspective on questions [... such as:] Why are we here? [...] What is intelligence? What is consciousness?" (p 205)
Review: Digitized: The Science of Computers and How It Shapes Our WorldUser Review - Levina - Goodreads
I really liked this book and not only because I come from a computer or technology field but also because I liked Peter Bentley's approach to outlining the major developments of the history of ... Read full review