• internet..not what you think it is

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    The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is: A History, a
    Philosophy, a Warning | Hardcover

    Justin E H Smith

    Princeton University Press | Princeton University Press
    Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy / Social / Computers / Internet - Online Safety & Privacy

    An original deep history of the internet that tells the story
    of the centuries-old utopian dreams behind it-and explains why
    they have died today

    "Many think of the internet as an unprecedented and
    overwhelmingly positive achievement of modern human technology.
    But is it? In The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is, Justin
    Smith offers an original deep history of the internet, from the
    ancient to the modern world-uncovering its surprising origins
    in nature and centuries-old dreams of radically improving human
    life by outsourcing thinking to machines and communicating
    across vast distances. Yet, despite the internet's continuing
    potential, Smith argues, the utopian hopes behind it have
    finally died today, killed by the harsh realities of social
    media, the global information economy, and the attention-
    destroying nature of networked technology.

    "Ranging over centuries of the history and philosophy of
    science and technology, Smith shows how the "internet" has been
    with us much longer than we usually think. He draws fascinating
    connections between internet user experience, artificial
    intelligence, the invention of the printing press,
    communication between trees, and the origins of computing in
    the machine-driven looms of the silk industry. At the same
    time, he reveals how the internet's organic structure and
    development root it in the natural world in unexpected ways
    that challenge efforts to draw an easy line between technology
    and nature.

    Combining the sweep of intellectual history with the
    incisiveness of philosophy, The Internet Is Not What You Think
    It Is cuts through our daily digital lives to give a clear-
    sighted picture of what the internet is, where it came from,
    and where it might be taking us in the coming decades.

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to All on Sat Feb 18 22:31:00 2023
    The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is: A History, a
    Philosophy, a Warning | Hardcover

    Justin E H Smith

    FYI.. The softcover is scheduled for release on Aug 15, 2023


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