The Social Impact of Computers

The Social Impact of Computers

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"The Social Impact of Computers" is a guide to the social implications of current and future applications of computers. Among the basic themes presented are: the changing nature of work in response to technological innovation as well as the threat to jobs; personal freedom in the machine age as manifested by challenges to privacy, dignity and work; the relationship between advances in computer and communication technology and the possibility of increased centralization of authority; the emergence and influence of artificial intelligence and its role in decision-making, especially in military applications; the growing importance of information as both a means to improve productivity and as a commodity in its own right; the hidden influence of computers as microprocessors are embedded in a myriad of products and the diffusion of the personal computers at work, at home, in schools, and elsewhere. The book also discusses a number of issues that have not been treated in sufficient depth in a single source.
These include: popular attitudes towards computers; recent advances in robotics and industrial automation; military applications of computers; computers and the home; the emerging information society; videotext systems; office automation; computers and telecommunications; computer impact on working conditions; patents and copyright issues; computer crime; privacy issues; information technology in the political process; the influence of the department of defense in computer science research and education; international competition; women and computing, and ethics and professionalism in computing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 190.5 x 234.95 x 22.86mm | 852.75g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • appendices, suggestions for further reading, index
  • 0125971303
  • 9780125971300

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Computers are everywhere; computers and the human imagination; criticism and history; the business world; medicine and computers; computers and education; government and computers; computers and the law; privacy and freedom of information; employment and unemployment; business and government; robotics and industrial automation; the information society; ethics and professionalism.
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