TECHNOMANIFESTOS
If you are interested in democracy and its future, you’d better understand computers.
--Ted Nelson

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This is the first book to take such a broad view of how the remarkable events of the past half century were crafted by its creators and how they form today's complex web of technology that permeates every facet of our lives. Technomanifestos takes us on an amazing journey in to the Information Revolution by examining the works and visions of many of those who helped bring about this Revolution.
--Leonard Kleinrock, Professor of Computer Science, UCLA, and Chairman, Nomadix, Inc.

Technomanifestos is a fun read and very provocative. It looks at the deep issues growing out of interactions between computers and people. Adam Brate takes us on an intellectual journey, the subject of which is people developing technology to enhance people's lives. From the cybernetics of Norbert Wiener through the work of Minsky and Papert on making machines intelligent and at the same time building a personal and and an intimate computing culture, Brat continually raises societal issues of preserving individual freedom and commerce. . . . The book will stimulate discussion amongst a wide range of people.
--Cynthia Solomon, Ed.D., Logo pioneer and Technology Specialist at Milton Academy

A fascinating cross-grained look at the true and secret history of computer science. It's not about e-business folks! It's about a new kind of reality.
--Rudy Rucker, author of the Ware series and professor of Computer Science, San Jose State University

In a fascinating book, Technomanifestos (2002), Adam Brate charts the history of the digital age, from cybernetics to the World Wide Web, through the biographies of a collection of radical visionaries who brought it about. I was especially impressed with the attempts of people like Norbert Wiener, Vannevar Bush, J.C. R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart and Tim Berners-Lee to keep knowledge open and circulating, enabling information technology to thrive and develop in the public domain, even after the likes of Bill Gates have set up private monopolies. The now played-out IT boom would probably never have happened but for the collective efforts of computer scientists working in all corners of the world sharing knowledge and software without reserve and with little or no financial reward.

But more importantly, those pioneers shared a dream. "[T]he goal of the information revolutionaries", Brate tells us, "is to create new systems – technological, social, political, and economic – that adapt to people instead of the other way around."

-- Mae-Wan Ho, Ph.D., author of The Rainbow And The Worm: The Physics of Organisms, neuroscientist, from "Will Computers Become Super-Human?"

Technomanifestos has been reviewed in the following scholarly journals:

  • Technology and Culture - 44 (3), July 2003, pp. 639-640, by Arthur P. Molella
  • Utopian Studies - 14 (1), January 2003, pp. 166-168, by Christian Moraru

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