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a| Hughes, Bob.
a| The Bleeding Edge : b| Why Technology Turns Toxic in an Unequal World.
a| Oxford : b| New Internationalist, c| 2016.
a| 1 online resource (272 pages)
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a| Intro -- About the Author -- Acknowledgements -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Foreword -- Introduction -- 1. Technofatalism and the future - is a world without Foxconn even possible? -- Two paradoxes about new technology -- Humanity began with technology -- Technology emerges from egalitarian knowledge economies -- The myth of creative competition -- Why capitalism inhibits innovation -- Capitalism didn't make computers… but took computing down the wrong path -- 2. From water mills to iPhones: why technology and inequality do not mix -- Egalitarian hopes for computing -- The return of medieval economics -- The first modern environmental crisis -- An unequal society is a dangerous place for powerful ideas -- Water mills, and how new technology can be a curse -- Firearms take a European turn -- 3. What inequality does to people -- Inequality reduces life expectancy -- Equality and the Soviet Union -- Autonomy and solidarity: the essential nutrients -- Inequality makes people shorter -- Today's inequality will damage future generations -- 4. The environmental cost of human inequality -- Are the rich destroying the earth? -- Inequality turns humans into a geological force -- Malthus's mistake: not too many babies, but too much debt -- Ehrlich's last gasp: technology and 'eye-pat' -- The power to choose a low-impact life -- 5. Ever greater impact, ever less benefit: high-tech capital's mysterious lack of growth -- 'Keep your nerve' or 'tough it out' -- Why computers have grown nothing but themselves -- Inequality: the elephant in the room -- 6. The invisible foot: why inequality increases impact -- Technology plus inequality equals meltdown -- 'Positionality' and 'human nature' -- Traffic waves and why faster is slower -- Computers and the positional economy: obsolescence gone mad.
a| The rise of financial services, trailed by women in old cars -- Putting a girl on the moon: the cost of education -- How 'e-learning' rebounded on the poor -- 7. Enclosure in the computer age: the magic of control -- The supernatural enters everyday life: the magic of commodities -- Power over the future: the magic of intellectual property -- Computers and the making of money -- The world gets smaller and hotter -- Closing the technological frontier (or trying to) -- Other routines are possible! -- 8. Sales effort: from the automobile to the microchip -- The all-steel automobile as an energy sump -- How the sales effort shaped the chip -- Moore's self-fulfilling prophecy: chips with everything -- Dictating the future -- The visionary turn -- Embracing carnage: faith in disruption -- 9. Technoptimism hits the buffers -- The toxic deWmands of purity -- Obsolescence and e-waste: a total system -- Displacing the problem to Africa -- Entropy: measuring what's possible -- Maxwell's demon: the spoiler in the green growth dream -- Puncturing the weightless economists -- 10. The data explosion: how the cloud became a juggernaut -- Forced migration: corporate flight into the cloud -- How the web became an entropy pump -- The cost of the dotcom bubble and Web 2.0 -- 11. 'The least efficient machine humans have ever built': how capitalism drove the computer down a dead end -- The buried world of analog computing -- Clocks: why today's computers mostly do nothing, but very quickly -- Soviet computing: diversity under scarcity and bureaucracy -- Time-sharing: another abandoned road -- Competitive pressure narrows all options -- 12. Planning by whom and for what? The battle for control from the Soviet Union to Walmart -- The benefits and dangers of centralized planning -- Electrification of the Soviet Union: heteronomous planning becomes the global norm.
a| Linear programming, with and without computers -- The curious incident of the capitalist calculation debate -- Connection-making and the ecology movement -- Operational Research and cybernetics -- Variety engineering: the difference between amplification and shouting -- 13. A socialist computer: Chile, 1970-1973 -- A global crisis of inequality -- The Unidad Popular: a moderately egalitarian program -- Stafford Beer and 'cybernetic socialism' -- How much computer hardware does a viable society need? -- Cheap, radical technology -- 'War' is declared -- 14. Utopia or bust -- Envisioning Utopia: the world turned right way up -- Utopian practicalities: food and work -- Beauty and lower impact, from the bottom up -- Shrinking roads, expanding diversity -- Putting babies and children at the heart of the economy -- Shared work: Utopia's powerhouses -- Community is stronger than we think: 'Disaster Utopias' -- The Right knows the power of solidarity, even if the Left doesn't -- Equality, truth and the experience of being believed -- The 'apparatus of justification' -- Index.
a| A big-hitting historical analysis of technology which uses the computer as a can-opener to expose the inequality innate in capitalism.
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a| Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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i| Print version: a| Hughes, Bob t| The Bleeding Edge d| Oxford : New Internationalist,c2016 z| 9781780263298
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