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Rise of the machines: A Cybernetic History

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"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In Rise of the Machines, Thomas Rid draws on unpublished sources—including interviews with hippies, anarchists, sleuths, and spies—to offer an unparalleled perspective into our anxious embrace of technology.

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"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In Rise of the Machines, Thomas Rid draws on unpublished sources—including interviews with hippies, anarchists, sleuths, and spies—to offer an unparalleled perspective into our anxious embrace of technology.

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subject_facetAutomation -- Social aspects
Computers
Cybernetics -- History
Information warfare -- History
Machinery -- History
Technology -- Social aspects
title_displayRise of the machines : a cybernetic history
title_fullRise of the Machines A Cybernetic History
Rise of the machines : a cybernetic history / Thomas Rid
Rise of the machines : a cybernetic history [electronic resource] / Thomas Rid
title_shortRise of the machines
title_subA Cybernetic History
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Computer Technology
Computers
Cybernetics
History
Information warfare
Machinery
Nonfiction
Social aspects
Technology