Computer lib dream machines

Nelson goes on to describe more of his ideas, such as "Stretchtext," which is a system to move, shrink and expand text and information again, this is commonplace today. He is partly of Norwegian descent. Nelson's book is a spirited manifesto that inspired a generation of DIY computer-lovers. In his book Tools for Thought, Howard Rheingold calls Computer Lib "the best-selling underground manifesto of the microcomputer revolution. Nonetheless, Dream Machines and Computer Lib mark a turning point in the dialogue around information systems.

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The text itself is broken up into many sections, with simulated pull-quotes, cokputer, side bars, etc. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. PaperbackSecond Editionpages. Dec 30, Mike added it. In he celebrated his mchines birthday by giving an invited birthday lecture at the University of Southampton.

Lists with This Book. Ted Nelson is, in my opinion, the most influential systems thinker of the past 60 years.

Jasmine Trinidad rated it liked it Sep 05, Nelson is inadvertently describing the personal computer and internet.

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Computer Lib / Dream Machines

In he had a significant impact upon IBM's thinking when he outlined his vision of the potential of personal computing to the team that three years later launched the IBM PC. Fascinating glimpse to the future in a highly readable and thoroughly entertaining book.

Nelson writes passionately about the need for people to understand computers deeply, more amchines than was generally promoted as computer literacy, which he considers a superficial kind of familiarity with particular hardware and deam.

He is a visiting fellow at Oxford University - based at the Oxford Internet Institute - where he works machinws the fields of information, computers, dfeam human-machine interfaces. This is why the right to explore far outweighs any administrative advantages of creating and enforcing 'subjects' and curriculum sequences" In Dream Machines, Nelson covers the flexible media potential of the computer, which was shockingly new at the time. Nelson dreamed of freeing the mind from existing static mediums, and of providing a substrate and vehicle that would allow humans to soar to new heights, birth new thought, and collaborate on elaborate constructions of ideas.

Nelson expands on his idea of "hyper-media," again inventing ideas that we now take for granted. Nelson claims some aspects of his vision are in the process of being fulfilled by Tim Berners-Lee's invention of the World Wide Web, but he dislikes the World Wide Web, XML and all embedded markup - regarding Berners-Lee's work as a gross over-simplification of his original vision: Don't feel it's relevant.

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You now Someone else 11 mins ago Someone else 36 mins ago Someone else 38 mins ago Someone else 1 hr ago Someone else 1 hr ago Someone else 1 hr ago Someone else 1 hr ago Someone else 1 hr ago Someone else 1 hr ago. In he was appointed as a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, and associated with the Oxford Internet Institute, where he is currently conducting his research. Jun 28, William rated it it was amazing Shelves: See chapter II, 3rd paragraph, 3rd and 4th sentence in: In this first video, Ted Nelson discusses the possibility of a completely paperless office.

He explains that we are living in the age of new media, so active participation in the decision-making and design-process of the technology that will support this new media is vital. Probably we never will.

Nelson exclaims "You can and must understand computers NOW! Nelson believes that computers can "rescue the student from the inhuman teacher, and allow him to relate directly and personally to the intrinsically interested subject matter" The book had two front covers to indicate its intertwined nature, and was republished with a foreword by Stewart Brand in by Microsoft Press, Computer Lib, subtitled "You can and must understand computers NOW," was influenced by Brand's Whole Earth Catalog.

Want to Read saving…. The problem, though, is that computer experts are not willing to share or explain their knowledge to the masses: Nelson goes on to describe more of his ideas, such as "Stretchtext," which is a system to move, shrink and expand text and information again, this is commonplace today.

Hyper-media are "branching or performing presentations which respond to user actions, systems of prearranged words and pictures which may be explored freely or queried in stylized ways. Here, Charles Drem of Are.

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