High-Tech Society: The Story of the Information Technology Revolution

 
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High Tech Society is the most definitive account available of the technology revolution that is transforming society and dramatically changing the way we live and work and maybe even think. It provides a balanced and sane overview of the opportunities as well as the dangers we face from new advances in information technology. In plain English, Forester demystifies "computerese," defining and explaining a host of acronyms or computer terms now in use.Tom Forester is Lecturer and Director of the Foundation Programme in the School of Computing and Information Technology, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He is the editor/author of five books on technology and society.

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Tom Forester is a Lecturer in the, Division of Science and Technology at Griffith University in Australia. He is editor of The The Microelectronics Revolution and The Information Technology Revolution and author of High Tech Society.

Review:

As in his earlier, edited volumes on the microelectronic and information technology revolutions, once again Tom Forester has demonstrated his ability to understand and write about those issues that most concern us about high-tech society. Here his subjects are personal computing, semiconductor technology, telecommunications, and the way they affect our home and our workplace. His easy, popular style brings clarity, without intellectual compromise, to these complex technical and economic issues.

(William Aspray, Associate Director, Charles Babbage Institute)

After the breathless enthusiasm for the first years of the IT revolution, it is time for cooler analysis of the emerging high-tech society. What is shaping the new technologies, what directions are technological change taking, where is this taking us? Tom Forrester's book is a lucid approach to these issues. He manages to demystify the technology and survey its applications and implications while conveying the sense of excitement that characterizes the forefront of high-tech activity. At last the new technology has found a popular writer who avoids hyperbole and prophecy.

(Ian Miles, Senior Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex)

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