Life in Code

Life in Code

A Personal History of Technology

Book - 2017
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When Ullman moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s and became a computer programmer, she was joining a small, idealistic, and almost exclusively male cadre that aspired to genuinely change the world. In 1997, Ullman wrote Close to the Machine, the now classic account of life as a coder at the birth of what would be a sweeping technological, cultural, and financial revolution. Twenty years later, after the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society, the story Ullman recounts is neither one of unbridled triumph nor a nostalgic denial of progress. It is necessarily the story of digital technology's loss of innocence as it entered the cultural mainstream, and it is a personal reckoning with all that has changed, and so much that hasn't.
Publisher: New York :, MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374534516
Characteristics: viii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary: When Ullman moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s and became a computer programmer, she was joining a small, idealistic, and almost exclusively male cadre that aspired to genuinely change the world. In 1997, Ullman wrote Close to the Machine, the now classic account of life as a coder at the birth of what would be a sweeping technological, cultural, and financial revolution. Twenty years later, after the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society, the story Ullman recounts is neither one of unbridled triumph nor a nostalgic denial of progress. It is necessarily the story of digital technology's loss of innocence as it entered the cultural mainstream, and it is a personal reckoning with all that has changed, and so much that hasn't.

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