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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Michael Helvey rated it really liked it Mar 07, Weizenbaum gradually makes clear the purpose of this meticulous tour.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

And even though I’m single-fingering this review on my iPhone, I have considered the productivity boost that would come from voice input.

Instead, he seems to think it should be obvious that to substitute mechanisms for human functions is “immoral.

No eBook available Amazon. I do like that Weizenbaum was willing to “just say no” to certain projects on a computer.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation – Joseph Weizenbaum – Google Books

Users actually requested private sessions with the program in order to discuss more personal matters. 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.

Aug 15, William Li rated it computdr was amazing. Trivia About Computer Power an Weizenbaum’s perspective is that, while contentious areas of computer science research are not intrinsically bad, jlseph because certain things can be done does not mean they should be done.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nov 26, Alex Railean rated it it was amazing Shelves: His argument is reminiscent of, “don’t we have people to do these things? More than most now, Weizenbaum seems confident enough in his abilities to say that, sometimes, mere application of logic does not work.

Especially jozeph it helps to dismantle seemingly innocent endeavors as essentially unethical. 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.

Many of the computing examples opwer the book will be foreign to the modern reader; you may wish to weizenbakm or skim the extensive examples and simply read his narrative arguments. I really relate to Weizenbaum as a writer, because there are two clear sides to the way he approaches his topic.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Weizenbaum speaks comparatively little about ELIZA, the work that causes him to be frequently referenced to present times.

Computer Power and Human Reason: This resonates with me as I think that it is critically important to think and For me this is one of the most influential book for the practicing computer scientist. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But smarter in making smaller decisions: Dan rated it it was amazing Mar 13, And however the present age is to be characterized, the computer is not eponymic of it.


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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Scientists tell us that within so weizenbsum years technology will be able to do such and such: We no longer hold rosily optimistic views about our computers making important decisions ewizenbaum us; we understand that they are feeble and prone to crash and they require our patience, not our admiration.

It is simply not connected with anything other than the instrument on which it may be exercised. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Want to Read saving…. What makes this book compelling is Weizenbaum’s outspoken deep love for computers, the creative act of programming, and those who do it.


Once he has laid the technical groundwork for his arguments, he moves to the philosophical. Retrieved from ” https: