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Future Histories

Future Histories

What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology

by Lizzie O'Shea

Hardback Publication Date: 01/07/2019

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When we talk about technology we always talk about the future - which makes it hard to figure out how to get there.

In Future Histories, Lizzie O'Shea argues that we need to stop looking forward and start looking backwards. Weaving together histories of computing and social movements with modern theories of the mind, society, and self, O'Shea constructs a "usable past" that can help us determine our digital future.

What, she asks, can the Paris Commune tell us about earlier experiments in sharing resources-like the Internet-in common? Can debates over equal digital access be guided by Tom Paine's theories of democratic, economic redistribution? And, how is Elon Musk not a visionary but a throwback to Victorian-era utopians?

In engaging, sparkling prose, O'Shea shows us how very human our understanding of technology is, and what potential exists for struggle, for liberation, for art and poetry in our digital present. Future Histories is for all of us-makers, coders, hacktivists, Facebook-users, self-styled Luddites-who find ourselves in a brave new world.

ISBN:
9781788734301
9781788734301
Category:
Ethical & social aspects of IT
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-07-2019
Publisher:
Verso Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm

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