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The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (MIT Press) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, September 30, 2005
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A brilliant and challenging discussion presented with extraordinary clarity.(Christopher Lehmann-Haupt The New York Times)
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_The Second Self_ is divided into three parts:
Part I: Growing Up with Computers: The Animation of the Machine
Part II: The New Computer Cultures: The Mechanization of the Mind
Part III: Into a New Age
By and large, her analysis in 1984 proved on the mark. As computers have improved in power, and become smaller and more portable, their users tend to identify with them. And here it should be said that the cellphones of today are considered, and are indeed, computers in the context of this text. Certainly, a typical cellphone has a raw computational capacity exceeding the personal computers of 1984.
To some readers, the most puzzling thing may be why some users so identify with their computers, or half-jokingly, attribute personalities to them. There seems to be some innate urge in many people for this.
Needless to say, suppose we project out another 20 years. The trend is for more such behaviour. The sophistication and personalisation possible in those future mobile machines makes this inevitable. And this is even NOT assuming any breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, which might endow the devices with true personalities.
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A brilliant book filled with information that all should read. The result of excellent research.Published 5 months ago by Schmidtty
Sherry Turkle is brilliant. A brilliant mind and a brilliant heart. This is the primer for anyone who is interested in computers and the human spirit - the good, the bad and the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by KrissyB
A great help to understand not what what computers do to our minds but how we can understand our minds by using digital technology. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roberto Balaguer
I'm a fan of Turkle, so I just loved it. It's just one of the first deep books written about human-computer interaction.Published on July 11, 2001 by Raquel da Cunha Recuero