In on the Ground Floor of the 20th Century Automation Revolution

 
9780962855825: In on the Ground Floor of the 20th Century Automation Revolution

This book, Dr. Robinson's autobiography, offers his unique personal experience of the 20th century, a century of fantastic technological progress, four major wars; and the prolonged life and death ideological struggle between democracy and totalitarianism in which democracy finally emerges victorious.

It describes his pioneering participation in the post-World War II intellectual revolution which led to the computer revolution which is now becoming the world shaking "automation" revolution which has brought us to the brink of enormous increases in productivity through computerized automation of all branches of human endeavor. And he concludes by projecting the future course of this Revolution and its economic and social consequences.

It describes the two World Wars, his important personal World War II experience in Mr. Churchill's private office, especially in the crucial days when, after the collapse of France, Britain faced the threat of German invasion alone. It also describes the origins and problems of the Korean War and the Vietnam War in the context of the relentless communist struggle to rule the world which dominated world history from 1918 to 1990.

Every young American should read this book to gain an insight into the nature of these salient features of the 20th century, the lessons they have taught, and the legacy it is bequeathing - the Automation Revolution - that will transform our lives the world over in the 21st century.

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This is a story of the beginning of a world-shaking revolution, The Automation Revolution, that will transform our lives the world over in the 21st century, told by a man who saw the potential of the "Intellect Revolution" and the "Computer Revolution" in the early 'fifties and then formed the world's first computer services and software company. Born in 1914, he also shares with the reader his personal recollections and reactions to some of the major events of the century, including two world wars, the Great Depression, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

To quote the author:

"It has been my good fortune somehow to participate in the early stages of this revolution. My story shows how minds can unknowingly come together from many different directions to jointly create a completely new momentous advance in our human capabilities."

"The course of my own life has to a large degree been determined by the twentieth century struggle of mankind to decide whether to live under totalitarianism or democracy. I have tried to portray my own reactions to the major events of this struggle so that the reader may gain vicariously an intimate relationship with them."

He concludes the book with projections of the consequences of automation on life in the 21st century.

About the Author:

Herbert W. Robinson was born in Hull England in 1914. He holds a Ph.D from the London School of Economics for an econometric study of the economics of the construction industry (1937) and a D.Phil. from Oxford University for studies of the mobility of labor during the Great Depression (1939). During World War II, he assisted Lord Cherwell, Personal Scientific and Statistical Advisor to Winston Churchill, in the Prime Minister's private office from 1939 to 1942. He also served in the Ministry of Production, the Combined U.S.-U.K.-Canada Production and Resources Board and the Ministry of Agriculture.

In 1946 he emigrated to the United States and was Chief, Economic Trends in the Veterans Administration, Economic Advisor to the UNRRA Mission to Poland, staff member of the World Bank and, during the Korean War, served in the Defense Production Administration.

He was the founder, Chairman and President of C-E-I-R, INC., a pioneering electronic data processing, software and professional services corporation, from 1954 until its merger with Control Data Corporation in 1968. He was vice-president of Control Data until 1970. Since 1970 he has been engaged in managing the private Robinson Investment Fund.

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