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

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. But really this is applicable to any field I guess.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. No trivia or quizzes yet. Now they’re all around us, they are commonplace, invasive.

Hard science is not the only source of wisdom: His argument is reminiscent of, “don’t we have people to do these things?

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

His grandiose projects must therefore necessarily have the quality of illusions, indeed, of illusions of grandeur” Weizenbaum,p. It is a reminder of free will.

Weizenbaum speaks comparatively little about ELIZA, the work that causes him to be frequently referenced to present times. But something about this humanistic message rings true: What makes this book compelling is Weizenbaum’s outspoken deep love for computers, the creative act of programming, and those computed do it. Account Options Sign in.


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In his published work, Weizenbaum emphasizes the dangers associated with substituting computer technology for human to human contact in counseling, legal situations, and language translation.

I’m glad I made the effort to track it down. My library Help Advanced Book Search. If anything, we are impatient for them to get get smarter. Weizenbaum makes the crucial distinction between deciding and choosing.

This article about a book on technology is a stub. Instead, he seems to think it should be obvious that to substitute mechanisms for human functions is “immoral. Our fundamental thinking here is wrong, he states. Instead of finding alternatives to going to war in Vietnam, we wweizenbaum computers to help automate the location of strategic targets and to convey information and misinformation from the front.

Stefan rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Trivia About Computer Power an Weizenbaum is the author of the famous ELIZA program, a simple, elegant English-language parser which, for the course of a brief, casual conversation, might to carry on an intelligent conversation with the user.

Mar 19, Trevor Kroger rated it it was amazing. This reactionary stance–the opposition to the amorality of science–is certainly not unique to Weizenbaum. But smarter in making smaller decisions: To ask other readers questions about Computer Power and Human Reasonplease sign up.


He is among the world’s foremost computer scientists, as well as a pioneer in the field of computer ethics. I really enjoyed this one, it covers the problem from many aspects and the author places a great emphasis on the moral side of the issue too. Mar 03, Jonathan Lidbeck rated it it was amazing. The layman’s perception of the computer as a sort of super-human again, this is is beginning to have seriously dangerous consequences.

Sep 15, Jpseph rated it really liked it. I don’t know yet where I stand on everything asserted in the book. May 24, Jlawrence rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. We have had more time to get bored. The book is full of quotable and still-provocative statements and arguments about science, engineering, and society. More than most now, Weizenbaum seems confident enough in his abilities to say that, sometimes, mere application of logic does not work. Computer Power and Human Reason: May 23, Kami Bee rated it it was amazing Shelves: