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In Moths to the Flame, Gregory Rawlins takes us on a humorous yet thought-provoking tour of the world wrought by modern technology.The book's first four chapters explore the worlds of privacy, virtual reality, publishing, and computer networks, while the last four focus on social issues such as warfare, jobs, computer catastrophes, and the future itself. Throughout, eye-op In Moths to the Flame, Gregory Rawlins takes us on a humorous yet thought-provoking tour of the world wrought by modern technology.The book's first four chapters explore the worlds of privacy, virtual reality, publishing, and computer networks, while the last four focus on social issues such as warfare, jobs, computer catastrophes, and the future itself. Throughout, eye-opening historical comparisons give a context for the computer age, showing how new technologies have always bred hope and resistance. Provocative yet balanced and sophisticated, Moths to the Flame is an indispensable guidebook to the future.


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In Moths to the Flame, Gregory Rawlins takes us on a humorous yet thought-provoking tour of the world wrought by modern technology.The book's first four chapters explore the worlds of privacy, virtual reality, publishing, and computer networks, while the last four focus on social issues such as warfare, jobs, computer catastrophes, and the future itself. Throughout, eye-op In Moths to the Flame, Gregory Rawlins takes us on a humorous yet thought-provoking tour of the world wrought by modern technology.The book's first four chapters explore the worlds of privacy, virtual reality, publishing, and computer networks, while the last four focus on social issues such as warfare, jobs, computer catastrophes, and the future itself. Throughout, eye-opening historical comparisons give a context for the computer age, showing how new technologies have always bred hope and resistance. Provocative yet balanced and sophisticated, Moths to the Flame is an indispensable guidebook to the future.

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    Matthew Ochal

    I don't know why I didn't see this coming, but as it turns out, a non-fiction book from 1996 about computers and the way that computers might change society, doesn't age particularly well. Boy does buddy ever have some wild guesses though. In one chapter he suggests that we'll have computerized contact lenses in 15 years (~2011). But in another chapter he suggests that in 15-20 years (~2011-2016) a couple hundred million people might have access to the internet (the current number as of 2020 is a I don't know why I didn't see this coming, but as it turns out, a non-fiction book from 1996 about computers and the way that computers might change society, doesn't age particularly well. Boy does buddy ever have some wild guesses though. In one chapter he suggests that we'll have computerized contact lenses in 15 years (~2011). But in another chapter he suggests that in 15-20 years (~2011-2016) a couple hundred million people might have access to the internet (the current number as of 2020 is about 4 and a half BILLION (with a B!). So needless to say, this dude really tossed out predictions on both extremes. I guess if we even out all his guesses he was pretty much spot on while also being entirely incorrect. I'm impressed!

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