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The Universal Machine

From the Dawn of Computing to Digital Consciousness

By Ian Watson

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In less than a human lifetime, computers are transforming economies and societies like no other human invention. This book looks past technology to introduce comuputing pioneers: Babbage, Turing, Wozniak and Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Zuckerberg.

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  • ISBN13: 978-3-6422-8101-3
  • 367 Pages
  • User Level: Trade
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2012
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • eBook Price: $24.95
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The computer unlike other inventions is universal; you can use a computer for many tasks: writing, composing music, designing buildings, creating movies, inhabiting virtual worlds, communicating...  This popular science history isn't just about technology but introduces the pioneers: Babbage, Turing, Apple's Wozniak and Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Zuckerberg. This story is about people and the changes computers have caused. In the future ubiquitous computing, AI, quantum and molecular computing could even make us immortal. The computer has been a radical invention. In less than a single human life computers are transforming economies and societies like no human invention before.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. What is a Universal Tool?.
  2. Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.
  3. Office Automation.
  4. Computers go to War.
  5. Computers go to Work.
  6. Deadheads & Propeller Heads.
  7. The Computer gets Personal.
  8. The Computer Revolution.
  9. Weaving the Web.
  10. Apple is Reborn.
  11. Over the Horizon.
  12. Resources.
  13. Competitors.
  14. About the Author.
  15. Published books.
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