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    Transcending the Machines in Our Midst

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    Many pundits tell you that the computer is ushering us toward a new Golden Age of Information. A few tell you that the computer is destroying everything worthwhile in our culture. But almost no one tells you what Stephen L. Talbott shows in this surprising book: the intelligent machine gathers its menacing powers from hidden places within you and me. It does so, that is, as long as we gaze into our screens and tap on our keyboards while less than fully conscious of the subtle influences passing through the interface.

    Talbott awakens us to these influences by conducting a wide-ranging tour:

    After reading The Future Does Not Compute, you will never again be able to sit in front of your computer with quite the same glazed stare.

    Stephen L. Talbott went from Presidential Scholar to farmer, and from editing an interdisciplinary, scholarly journal about the catastrophist theories of Immanuel Velikovsky, to 14 years working in the computer industry. For the past few years he has been a senior editor at O'Reilly & Associates, publishers.

    Mr. Talbott recently moved with his family from the Boston technology belt to rural New York, where his efforts to reach an accommodation with his computer continue.

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