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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On the negative side, everyone should take the author’s advice and skip the optional chapters 2 and 3. He talks about our invention of timepieces, clocks. Scientists tell us that within so many years technology will be able to do such and such: Incredibly prescient given its date.

The main thing I took away from the latter portions of the book was the realisation that, indeed, we do struggle, as intellectuals, to say, ‘I simply think that it’s wrong to do this.

Most importantly though he stresses the importance to refuse to work on problems that are unethical or morally unjustified. Stefan rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references All stub articles.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I have read this book twice and yet I think I still haven’t completely grasped the point Weizenbaum is making about the the problems with the way computers execute their commands. Weizenbaum describes centralized computing facilities where the programmers would work, and sometimes sleep.

I do like that Weizenbaum was willing to “just say no” to certain projects on a computer. He starts by talking science in what is a quite accessible but no less technical manner. 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.

But something about this humanistic message rings true: Interesting anti- artificial intelligence argument from one of the pioneers of AI he developed that program ELIZA which simulates a psychiatrist that parrots back your responses to you — if you messed with you computers in the 80s you likely played some variant of it.

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Apr 17, Doris Raines rated it really liked it Shelves: Weizenbaum makes the crucial distinction between deciding and choosing. 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.

His argument is reminiscent of, “don’t we have people to do these things? Paperbackpages. If you liked “Code” by Charles Petzold, you will find some of the first chapters of this book familiar. He quickly shows himself to be a person who, more than merely ckmputer the theories and This was a book I really wanted to read after having heard much about it and, of course, played with ELIZA and ‘her’ successors and produced my own paltry successor.

Besides that, if you’re interested in understanding how computers work – this is a good choice. Sagar Ukarde rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Books by Joseph Weizenbaum.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Rather than just opening the question, Weizenbaum pinpoints what he thinks is missing from discussions about technology and artificial intelligence: Now that Artificial Intelligence and questions about its applications have come to the This book is an indispensable piece of the history of Artificial Intelligence and formal criticisms of computing.

H “[The compulsive programmer] cannot set before himself a clearly defined long-term goal and a plan for achieving it, for he has only technique, not knowledge. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Published January 1st by W. Especially commputer it helps to dismantle seemingly innocent endeavors as essentially unethical.

Judgment can compare apples and oranges, and can do so without quantifying each fruit type and then reductively quantifying each to factors necessary for mathematical comparison.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

Also, physical computers and the layers of abstraction in their operation have expanded so much since that chapter 3 in particular is almost quaint. This resonates with me as I think that it is critically important to think and reflect josdph possible consequences of your own actions. Jan 15, Paul Berry rated it it was amazing.


They attempt to provide a theoretical background in computer science in way too small a space to be anything but confusing.

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If anything, we are impatient for them to get get smarter. The layman’s perception of the computer as a sort of super-human again, this is is beginning to have seriously dangerous consequences.

Sociology books Technology books Philosophy of artificial intelligence books Technology book stubs Sociology book stubs. 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 joseoh. Instead, he seems to think it should be obvious that to substitute mechanisms for human functions is “immoral. It is simply not connected with anything other than the instrument on which it may be exercised.

To ask other readers questions about Computer Power and Human Reasonplease sign up. Perhaps this separation of computer scientists from josepj laity gave their work a sort of aura, but by now most of us do not even have to stand up to confront welzenbaum computer. Our fundamental thinking here is wrong, he states.

Computer Power and Human Reason: It weizenbuam certainly dated, both in its description of the whole of computer science in the s and the author’s predictions of what will be impossible or prohibitively expensive to compute, such as transcriptions of spoken sentences.