- Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: Copernicus; 1997 edition (September 25, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0387985883
- ISBN-13: 978-0387985886
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing 1997th Edition
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...a useful, interdisciplinary benchmark of the ever-evolving state of computer capability near the turn of the century. -- Computers in Physics
About the Author
Robert Metcalfe is the inventor of the Ethernet technology and founder of the 3Com corporation. He is currently vice-president, technology at IDG and executive correspondent for Infoworld, where he writes a column that reaches over 500,000 readers worldwide. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard.
Peter J. Denning is associate dean for computing and chair of the Computer Science Department in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University. He was formerly the founding director of the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science at the NASA Ames Research Center, and the president of the Association for Computing Machinery 1980-82.
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A 'futures' book, Beyond Calculation offers a positive look at how technology might interact with us in the not-so-distant future. The most impressive quality of the book is the grounded-ness of the essays. As readers, we are not presented with a mountain of pie-in-the-sky predictions that have no basis in reality, or Star Wars-like oohs and ahs. To the contrary, anyone with any knowledge of technology will see that these are serious essays, by qualified technologists taking care to work within a framework of common sense. The futures they paint seem plausible, yet are still surprising. I found myself saying, "of course" many times as I read through the scenarios.
The book itself should be of great interest to anyone who is struggling to get a view of how technology will impact us in the future. Thankfully, these authors, save one, believe that if we can keep our perspective on the idea of technology serving and expanding us, the rush rush of today's hyperculture can subside. Educators, business people and those with an interest in learning what technology can (and might) do should definitely open and read this book. It is a hopeful look at a future too many are willing to paint in gray.
Imagine that on the 50th anniversary of the "Association for Automotive Machinery" a group of experts had been asked to speculate on the "next fifty years of driving". They might well have envisioned new kinds of engines, automatic braking, and active suspension systems. But what about interstate freeways, drive-in movies, and the decline of the inner city? These are not exactly changes in "driving" but in the end they are the most significant consequence of automotive technology (159-160).
Perhaps, then, only through hindsight we will be able to identify `the most significant consequences of computing technology."
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