|Technomanifestos by Adam Brate, Texere June 2002
Technomanifestos is the story of computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and other visionaries who raised profound questions of how technology relates to human beings, redefining who and what we are and where we are going. It presents a broad history of computer technology in the last fifty years through profiles of the revolutionaries and highlights of their writings. It is not a collection of essays, but a coherent history drawn from the ideas of seminal works. Each of this book’s four parts—Frontier, Revolution, Power, and Symbiosis—represents a stage in the Information Revolution.
The visionaries featured in this book are certainly not the only information revolutionaries, but they are the best propagators of ideas central to the Information Revolution. They recognize the power of technologies to communicate ideas and have effectively amplified their own visions throughout the system. Through their writings and mastery of information technologies, they assume a position on the front lines. Many other people, from anthropologists to educators to biologists to linguists to psychologists, are an integral part of the web, and are mentioned in context.
This book reveals where the Information Revolution has come from and where it may go, serving as a starting point for investigation in how information technology affects society. The ethical, political, and economic decisions that thinking people must now face are some of the most difficult. The future depends upon regulatory feedback, the basis of cybernetics. Feedback enables all systems—individual, political, mechanical, economic, social—to adapt with changes in the environment and learn from them. These technomanifestos are part of that process.