Digitized by Peter J. Bentley
The Science of Computers and How It Shapes Our World

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There's a hidden science that affects every part of your life. You are fluent in its terminology of email, WiFi, social networking, and encryption. You use its results when you make a telephone call, access the Internet, use any factory-produced product, or travel in any modern car.

The discipline is so new that some prefer to call it a branch of engineering or mathematics. But it is so powerful and world-changing that you would be hard-pressed to find a single human being on the planet unaffected by its achievements. The science of computers enables the supply and creation of power, food, water, medicine, transport, money, communication, entertainment, and most goods in shops. It has transformed societies with the Internet, the digitization of information, mobile phone
networks and GPS technologies.

Here, Peter J. Bentley explores how this young discipline grew from its theoretical conception by pioneers such as Turing, through its growth spurts in the Internet, its difficult adolescent stage where the promises of AI were never achieved and dot-com bubble burst, to its current stage as a (semi)mature field, now capable of remarkable achievements. Charting the successes and failures of computer science through the years, Bentley discusses what innovations may change our world in the
future.
 

About Peter J. Bentley

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Peter J. Bentley is an honorary research fellow in computer science at University College London, where he supervises Ph.D. students and runs various research groups. He holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary design and has received international recognition for his work on evolutionary computation. He regularly speaks to audiences ranging from academics to government officials to businesspeople.
 
Published March 22, 2012 by OUP Oxford. 307 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Digitized by Peter J Bentley, The Book of Mormon: A Biography by Paul C Gutjahr and Taming Tigers by Jim Lawless

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There’s no attention paid to the politics of the Internet, of computer surveillance, of Internet censorship, of who owns what on your computer, or what you are allowed or not allowed to do with your computer.

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If we can’t tell the difference between chatting to a computer and chatting to a person, the computer passes the Turing Test.

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