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The Dream Machine

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Behind every great revolution is a vision, and behind perhaps the greatest revolution of our time, personal computing, is the vision of J.C.R. Licklider. He did not design the first personal computers or write the software that ran on them, nor was he involved in the legendary early companies that brought them to the forefront of our everyday experience. He was instead a relentless visionary who saw the potential of the way individuals could interact with computers and software. 

At a time when computers were a short step removed from mechanical data processors, Licklider was writing treatises on "human-computer symbiosis", "computers as communication devices", and a now not-so-unfamiliar "Intergalactic Network". His ideas became so influential, his passion so contagious, that Waldrop called him "computing's Johnny Appleseed". 

In a simultaneously compelling personal narrative and comprehensive historical exposition, Waldrop tells the story of the man who not only instigated the work that led to the internet, but also shifted our understanding of what computers were and could be.

Included in this edition are also the original texts of Licklider's three most influential writings: "Man-computer symbiosis" (1960), which outlines the vision that inspired the personal computer revolution of the 1970s; his "Intergalactic Network" memo (1963), which outlines the vision that inspired the Internet; and "The computer as a communication device" (1968, coauthored with Robert Taylor), which amplifies his vision for what the network could become.

©2018 M. Mitchell Waldrop (P)2018 Stripe Press

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Well done

This book was a complete surprise based off the cover which makes it seem like it's going to be very dull and long biography. However, it's not boring at all, in fact I'd say it's probably the best creation of the internet book I've read in that it covers most everything AND it's really well written, moves at a good pace, and is interesting. I like longer and more in depth books but the downside of getting additional detail that makes books long is often the author can bog down the story, and that's why this book is excellent, I never thought the story got bogged down in needless detail, yet I think it provided enough detail for you to understand what is happen, how and why (for the most part).

Overall this is a really excellent book and highly recommended to anyone that has any interest in the subject matter.

The reader does a great professional job as well.

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