Rise of the Machines : A Cybernetic HistoryeBook - 2016
"Dazzling.” —Financial Times
As lives offline and online merge even more, it is easy to forget how we got here. Rise of the Machines reclaims the spectacular story of cybernetics, one of the twentieth century’s pivotal ideas.
Springing from the mind of mathematician Norbert Wiener amid the devastation of World War II, the cybernetic vision underpinned a host of seductive myths about the future of machines. Cybernetics triggered blissful cults and military gizmos, the Whole Earth Catalog and the air force’s foray into virtual space, as well as crypto-anarchists fighting for internet freedom.
In Rise of the Machines, Thomas Rid draws on unpublished sources—including interviews with hippies, anarchists, sleuths, and spies—to offer an unparalleled perspective into our anxious embrace of technology.
Baker & Taylor
A sweeping history of cybernetics explores the discipline's early myths and wide-ranging influence after World War II, illuminating specific examples of cybernetics applications as utopian technologies, political tools and military weapons. By the author of Cyber War Will Not Take Place.