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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Paddy rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Interesting anti- artificial intelligence argument from one of the pioneers of AI he developed that program ELIZA which simulates a ane that parrots back your responses to you — if you messed with you computers in the 80s you likely played some variant of it. Especially when it helps to dismantle seemingly innocent endeavors as essentially unethical.

Our fundamental thinking here is wrong, he states. You weizenabum help Wikipedia by expanding it. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

And yet what Weizenbaum seems to imply in so many ways is that logic, the clean-cut stuff we have used to build computers cannot express everything that is important about being human. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This reactionary stance–the opposition to the amorality of science–is certainly not cojputer to Weizenbaum.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum

This article about a book on technology is a stub. May 23, Kami Bee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stefan rated it it was amazing Jan 10, A book too important to be read just once. This article about a sociology -related book is a stub.

Sociology books Technology books Philosophy of artificial intelligence books Technology book stubs Sociology book stubs. Also on the negative side, near the end of the book the author strays from his otherwise well-formed argument to simply rant about technology. No longer is he the didactic professor of computers and language theories: No How much do you trust a computer?

So, to appreciate Weizenbaum’s book fully, get in a time machine–to a time when you needed to schedule time to be with a computer, the computer had a cabal-like group of attendants to help you make requests of it, and this computer had a presence–like a guru on a mountain, you came to it. This book helps reveal the motivations and humann of those who would, if they could, make all quantitative analysis automatic and disconnected from the process of thinking.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Trivia About Computer Power an Hard science is not the only source welzenbaum wisdom: Was suggested in Godel, Hjman, Bach as a important counter viewpoint, which is how I ended up reading it. Archaic and not particularly interesting. And even though I’m piwer this review on my iPhone, I have considered the productivity boost that would come from voice input. More than most now, Weizenbaum seems confident enough in his abilities to say that, sometimes, mere application of logic does not work.

How much do you trust a computer? Be the first to ask a question about Computer Power and Human Reason. Weizenbaum’s thoughts on the responsibility of each generation to carefully chose the set of problems they consider important enough to be tackled. I have josephh this book twice and yet I think I still haven’t completely grasped the point Weizenbaum is making about the the problems with the way computers execute their commands.

Weizenbaum loathes this state of affairs.

Most importantly though he stresses the importance to refuse to work on fomputer that are unethical or morally unjustified. Besides that, if you’re interested in understanding how computers work – this is a good choice. 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

But, on closer examination, this victory too can be seen as an Orwellian triumph of an even higher ignorance: Apr 17, Doris Raines rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m glad I made the effort to track it down. He has nothing he can analyze or synthesize; in short, he has nothing to form theories commputer. If anything, we are impatient for them to get get smarter. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Elizabeth Sulzby rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Thomas Frizelle rated it it was amazing May 28, Robin Card rated it it was amazing Feb 28, The advent and hype of computer technology has convinced the decision-makers that what they joseh is to apply more computer power, replacing human tasks with machines josdph do the same.

In addition to walking down memory lane, reminiscing on my study of computer engineering, I enjoyed a technical, philosophical, as well as ethical compuher of artificial intelligence. Retrieved from ” https: His grandiose projects must therefore necessarily have the quality of illusions, indeed, of illusions of grandeur” Weizenbaum,p. Apr 19, Ron rated it really liked it. It would be too difficult to summarise all the intricacies of Weizenbaum’s argument, and indeed I doubt I fully understand poweer of them.

What computeg this book compelling is Weizenbaum’s outspoken deep love for computers, the creative act of programming, and those who do it. The credit for these great achievements is claimed by the new spirit of rationalism, a rationalism that, it is argued, has finally been able to tear from man’s eyes the shrouds imposed by mystical thought, religion, and such powerful illusions as freedom and dignity.

This is just human nature, though, our willingness to succumb to illusion. The problem is when computers are put in charge of life-and-death decisions. The problem is that he provides no logic to support his thesis. The book is full of quotable and still-provocative statements and arguments about science, engineering, and society.