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It's one thing to hear Professor Todd Presner's shrewd insights into how Google is changing the world. It's another to sit in on his undergrad class, "The Googlization of Everything," and hear the surprising attitudes of his students, most of whom were born in 1990. "It doesn't matter if Google is making us stupid," said one student, before giving a rationale for her alarming comment.
Lewis Mumford , KBE (October 19, 1895 – January 26, 1990) was an American historian , sociologist , philosopher of technology , and influential literary critic . Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a broad career as a writer.
Joseph Weizenbaum (8 January 1923, Berlin - 5 March 2008, Ludwigsfelde - Gröben near Berlin) was a German author and professor emeritus of computer science at MIT . The Weizenbaum Award is named after him.
Joseph Weizenbaum 's influential 1976 book Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment To Calculation (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, 1976; ISBN 0-7167-0463-3 ) displays his ambivalence towards computer technology and lays out his case: while artificial intelligence may be possible, we should never allow computers to make important decisions because computers will always lack human qualities such as compassion and wisdom .
That last posting jogged my memory and I dug out the following text that has been lying around forgotten in my filesystem for almost ten years.
Herbert Marshall McLuhan , CC (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory . His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory , as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] McLuhan is known for coining the expressions the medium is the message and the global village , and for predicting the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. [ 3 ] Although he was a fixture in media discourse in the late 1960s, his influence began to wane in the early 1970s. [ 4 ] In the years after his death, he would continue to be a controversial figure in academic circles. [ 5 ] With the arrival of the internet, however, there was renewed interest in his work and perspective. [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ]
The generation gap has been upgraded.