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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It is the capacity to choose that ultimately makes us human. To sum up, the guman of the book is as strong and relevant today as it was when it was written: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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But smarter in making smaller decisions: This article about a josepn -related book is a stub. Paperbackpages. While this technological optimism may have faded some since the ’70s, there is something else Weizenbaum describes that is absolutely timeless: Perhaps this separation of computer scientists from the laity gave their work a sort of aura, but by now most of us do not even have to stand up to confront a computer.

Refresh and try again. Scientists are pressing forward weizenbbaum regard for “higher” principles or the possibility that there exist things that we can, but perhaps should not, do.

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Now they’re all around us, they are commonplace, invasive. Paddy rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The one thing that played huan very differently than Weizenbaum predicted was speech recognition. No eBook available Amazon. He has nothing he can analyze or synthesize; in short, he has nothing to form theories about.


He felt it would be too expensive and n In addition to walking down memory lane, reminiscing on my study of computer engineering, I enjoyed a technical, philosophical, as well as ethical treatment of artificial intelligence.

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. Want to Anx Currently Reading Read.

For me this is one of the most influential book for the practicing computer scientist. 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. Probably the most important book that I misunderstood in college.

On the negative side, everyone should take the author’s advice and skip the optional chapters 2 and 3. Books by Joseph Weizenbaum.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

Dan rated it it was amazing Mar 13, Instead of finding alternatives to going to war in Vietnam, we used computers to help automate the location of strategic targets and to convey information and misinformation from the front. What motivated him to write this book was the realisation that so many had taken ELIZA so seriously and saw practical applications in the counselling arena, among others.

Nov 26, Alex Railean rated it it was amazing Shelves: He felt it would be too expensive and not add enough value. The problem is that he provides no logic to support his thesis.

The credit for these great achievements is claimed by the new spirit of rationalism, a rationalism that, it is argued, has finally been able to tear from man’s eyes the shrouds imposed by mystical thought, religion, and such powerful illusions as freedom and dignity. Jun 17, mm rated it liked it. Many of the computing examples in the book will be foreign to the modern reader; you may wish to skip or skim the extensive examples and simply read his narrative arguments.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is a reminder of free will.

It is simply not connected with anything other than the instrument on which it may be exercised. Computer Power and Human Reason: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

His argument is reminiscent of, “don’t we have people to do these things? Views Read Edit View history.

Incredibly prescient given its date. So, to appreciate Weizenbaum’s book fully, get in a time machine–to a time when you needed to schedule 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.

The answer to this question has probably changed somewhat sinceand the relevance of this book has slipped. 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 gone wrong by solely placing our faith in quantitative studies, numbers and logic.

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