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The New Renaissance: Computers & the Next Level of Civilization

by Robertson, Douglas S. A

  • ISBN: 9780195121896
  • ISBN10: 0195121899

The New Renaissance: Computers & the Next Level of Civilization

by Robertson, Douglas S. A

  • List Price: $25.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 09/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780195121896
  • ISBN10: 0195121899
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Description: The electronic computer, argues Douglas Robertson, is the most important invention in the history of technology, if not all history. It has already set off an information explosion that has changed many facets of civilization beyond recognition. These changes have ushered in nothing less than the dawn of a new level of civilization.

In The New Renaissance, Robertson offers an important historical perspective on the computer revolution, by comparing it to three earlier landmarks of human development -- language, writing, and printing. We see how these three inventions changed how we capture, store, and distribute information, and how each thereby triggered an information explosion that transformed society, ushering in a new civilization utterly unlike anything before. But history has never seen a revolution on the scale of the one being sparked by computers today. What can we expect from the most important technological breakthrough in human history? Robertson lays out possible scenarios regarding transformations in science and mathematics, education, language, the arts, and everyday life. School children, for instance, will forsake pencil and paper for keyboard and calculator, much as their forebears forsook clay tablets and abaci for pencil and paper. In films, the computer simulations of Jurassic Park could be eclipsed by "synthespians", artificial actors indistinguishable from living ones.

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