|About the Book|
Technomanifestos is the story of the information revolution as it was shaped and imagined in the writings of its most inspired revolutionaries. Each manifesto-writer is a technological humanitarian- each has a worldly, bold, optimistic vision ofMoreTechnomanifestos is the story of the information revolution as it was shaped and imagined in the writings of its most inspired revolutionaries. Each manifesto-writer is a technological humanitarian- each has a worldly, bold, optimistic vision of how computers will change and serve humankind. Manifestos include Vannevar Bushs As We May Think (1945), Alan Turings Computing Machinery & Intelligence (1950) Norbert Wieners The Human Use of Human Beings (1951), Doug Englebarts Augmenting Human Intellect (1962), JCR Lickladers Man-Computer Symbiosis (1962), Seymour Paperts Mindstorms (1980), Richard Stallmans GNU Manifesto (1984), Ted Nelsons The Future of Information (1993) and Jaron Laniers 1/2 a Manifesto (2000), among others. Key to this book are the evolution of concepts like information, computer, intelligence, system, noise, feedback, network, ownership, and life. Technomanifestos will link these individuals, their writings and the information revolution to larger social movements of the post World War II era onward: education reform, environmentalism, anti cold war and nuclear arms, anti-monopolization, and anti-globalization. It will draw associations and conclusions based on the manifestos, autobiographical and biographical writings about the manifesto-writers, and period histories. It will examine the decisions -- good and bad -- made by the technologists. It will reveal tensions among one another or with the establishment, and chronicle the legacies of each milestone idea. Most of all, this book will examine the interplay between technology and society, computers and culture, information and meaning.