Computer Power and Human Reason by Joseph Weizenbaum The Elements of Programming Style by Brian W. Kernighan Technopoly by Neil Postman The Art. WHERE THE POWER OF THE COMPUTER COMES FROM Joseph Weizenbaum. 3. AGAINST THE IMPERIALISM OF INSTRUMENTAL REASON Born in Berlin, Germany, Joseph Weizenbaum immigrated to the United States as a child. He is among the world’s foremost computer scientists, as well as a.

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Trivia About Computer Power an Science has given us this great victory over ignorance. Choicehowever, is the product of judgment, not calculation. It would be too difficult to summarise all the intricacies of Weizenbaum’s argument, and indeed I doubt I fully understand most of them.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum

The credit for these great achievements is claimed jose;h the new weizenbahm of rationalism, a rationalism that, it is argued, has josepb been able to tear from man’s eyes the shrouds imposed by mystical thought, religion, and such powerful illusions as freedom and dignity.

Instead of sitting down and trying to find a better way of doing things, using our human intuition and initiative, we now have the option of throwing technology blindly at the problem.

Judgment can compare apples and oranges, and can do so without quantifying each fruit type and then reductively quantifying each to factors necessary for mathematical comparison. Also on the negative side, near the end of the book the author strays from his otherwise well-formed argument to simply rant about technology.


Instead of finding alternatives to going to war in Vietnam, we used computers to help automate the location of strategic targets and to convey information and misinformation from the front. Freeman- Computer programming.

Retrieved from ” https: Weizenbaum gradually makes clear the purpose of this meticulous tour. We seek the objectivity of logic. Jan 15, Paul Berry rated it it was amazing.

This book is an indispensable piece of the history of Artificial Intelligence and formal criticisms of computing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

May 23, Kami Bee rated it it was amazing Shelves: They attempt to provide a theoretical background in computer science in way too small a space to be anything but confusing. This page was last edited on 4 Julyat Industry leaders push the computer as the most important innovation, ever: The resson is that he provides no logic to support his thesis.

Mar 23, Edd Albert rated it really liked it. I have read this book twice and yet I think I still haven’t completely grasped the point Weizenbaum is making about the the problems with the way computers execute their commands.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

Scientists tell us that within so many years technology will be able to do such and such: Computer Power and Human Reason: Daniel Lowe rated it it was amazing Jul 01, It is a reminder of free will. Perhaps this separation of computer scientists from the laity gave their work a sort of aura, but by now most of us do not even have to stand up to confront a computer.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This reactionary stance–the opposition to the amorality of science–is certainly not unique to Weizenbaum. Besides that, if you’re interested in understanding how computers work – this is a good choice.

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H “[The compulsive programmer] cannot set before himself a clearly defined long-term goal and a plan for achieving it, for he has only technique, not knowledge. I think it will take me a while to absorb all of it. Our free will, creativity, intuition, and initiative are things that are exclusively human, can never be automated, and should be trusted and preserved. His grandiose projects must therefore necessarily have the quality of illusions, indeed, of illusions of grandeur” Weizenbaum,p.

Examines the sources of the computer’s powers and offers evaluative explorations of what computers can do, cannot do, and should not be employed to do.

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