Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History.

Rid, Thomas.

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This thought-provoking account of the long entanglement we have had with technology shows cybernetics as a tool for two opposing factions…those who sought to make a better world, a peaceful open space of freedom: and those who sought to dominate and control the world around them through war.


SKU: 9780393286007


As lives offline and online merge even more, it is easy to forget how we got here. Rise of the Machines reclaims the spectacular story of cybernetics, a control theory of man-and-machine and one of the twentieth century's pivotal ideas. Springing from the febrile mind of mathematician Norbert Wiener amid the devastation of World War II, the cybernetic vision underpinned a host of seductive myths-of cyborgs, cyberculture, and cyberspace. From the Cold War's monumental SAGE bomber defense system to mechanized rats, Wiener's scheme slowly transformed computers from machines of assured destruction to engines of brilliant utopias. Cybernetics, in turn, triggered blissful cults and martial gizmos, The Whole Earth Catalog, and the U.S. Air Force's foray into virtual space-and continues to fuel anarchists and cyberwarriors today. Drawing on unpublished sources including interviews with hippies, anarchists, sleuths, and spies, Rise of the Machines offers an unparalleled perspective into our anxious embrace of technology.

Book Details

Author Rid, Thomas.
Format HC
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Number of Pages 432
Illustrations 32 pages of illustrations
Publish Date 28/06/2016
Catalogue Feb19
Catalogue book number 225