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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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. 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. 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.
Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum
But something about this humanistic message rings true: He poeer about our invention of timepieces, clocks. Robin Card rated it it was amazing Feb 28, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
He has nothing he can analyze or synthesize; in short, he has nothing to form theories about. Once he has laid the technical groundwork for reasson arguments, he moves to the philosophical. Mar 23, Edd Albert rated it really liked it. This article needs additional citations for verification.
Weizenbaum loathes this state of affairs. The answer to this question has probably changed somewhat sinceand the relevance of this book has slipped. I don’t know yet where I stand on everything asserted in the book.
The problem is that he provides no logic to support his thesis. Our free will, creativity, intuition, and initiative are things computeg are exclusively human, can never be automated, and should be trusted and preserved. Articles needing additional references from August All reasoon needing additional references All stub articles.
If you liked “Code” by Charles Petzold, you will find some of the first chapters of this book familiar. To sum up, the thesis of the book is as strong and relevant today as it was when it was written: Want to Read saving…. Liedzeit rated it it was ok Sep 07, Apr 19, Ron rated it really liked it. A passionate argument for not forgetting our humanity in the face of the allure of computation. Having practiced computer model building for a while, I have often been perplexed by the way managers respond to these decision support tools.
Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation
But if the triumph of a revolution is to be measured in terms of the profundity of the humah revisions it entrained, then there has been no computer revolution. 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.
For me this is one of the most influential book for the practicing computer scientist. Views Read Edit View history.
Mar 03, Jonathan Lidbeck rated it it was amazing. This article about a book on technology is a stub. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He emphasizes over and over how each action is fully deterministic; the computer can not ever choose to act or initiate any action itself.
Instead of sitting down and trying to find a better way of doing things, using our human intuition and initiative, we now have the option of throwing technology blindly at the problem. How much do you trust a computer? Now they’re all around us, they are commonplace, invasive. Also on the negative side, near the end of the book the author strays from fomputer otherwise well-formed argument to simply rant about technology.
He tells stories of laypeople who, even with a thorough understanding of how the program works–how each word in its output is determined solely by the human input–feel that ELIZA really, somehow, cares for them. Weizenbaum speaks comparatively little about ELIZA, the work that causes him to weizebnaum frequently referenced to present times. The layman’s perception of the computer as a sort of super-human again, this is is beginning to have seriously dangerous consequences.
Books by Joseph Weizenbaum. Nov 26, Alex Railean rated it it was amazing Shelves: From Judgment to Calculation.
But smarter in making smaller decisions: What makes this book compelling is Weizenbaum’s outspoken deep love for computers, the creative act of programming, and those who do it. But, on closer examination, this victory too can be seen as an Orwellian triumph of an even higher ignorance: