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By Robert J. Dilligan

This ebook displays thirty years of expertise within the purposes of desktop know-how to literary learn and guide and in consulting paintings in workplace automation and method integration. In that point i've got time and again chanced on myself within the place of getting to introduce scholars, either undergraduate and graduate, colleagues and consumers to the basics of computing device and software program. through the years, as desktops grew to become either critical and general in specialist lifestyles, i've been conscious of altering attitudes towards this know-how. From attitudes that ranged from the disdain of platonic dialecticians for mere know-how to intimidation bordering now and then virtually on terror, humans have moved to include this new know-how into their body of reference ( humani nil a me alienum ). the advance of the microprocessor and its next use for observe processing marked one very important watershed. The frequent use of be aware processors made it much more likely than now not that folks might personal their very own desktops, a minimum of at paintings, and use them as a part of their work-a-day actions. yet whereas notice processing supplied a few elevated familiarity with desktops, it didn't lead such a lot indivi- als a lot past a data of the standard incantations had to regulate the MultiMate or Nota Bene or be aware excellent golam and, due to unsatisfied event, a begrudging attractiveness of the necessity to make again up copies of significant files.

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Those who take a deductive approach to the question place the problem of artificial intelligence in the context of a generalized, philosophical worldview. Daniel Crevier in AI: The Tumultuous History of the Search for Artifcial Intelligence takes what I call the incremental approach to the possibility of developing artificial intelligence. He sets up the problem of artificial intelligence in terms From ENlAC to the World Wide Web to. . 37 of replicating in hardware and software the operations of the human cerebral cortex.

THE HISTORY OF HTML: 1969 AND ALL THAT It is very easy to trace the origin of the World Wide Web. The Web is a part of the Internet whose development, as we have just mentioned, dates from 1969. Without the existence of the Internet, there would be no Web. Timothy Berners-Lee developed Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) in 1989 and it is the development of HTML that made the Web possible. The development of the Web out of HTML is one of the great instances of the law of unintended consequences in modern computing.

The lack of reference in the article to computers as playing any part in the future of information processing may be due in part to the highly classified use of the Colossus computer as a code breaker. From ENIAC to the World Wide Web to . . 29 There is a technique in intelligence gathering called “tiling,” in which an analyst pieces together unclassified, seemingly unrelated bits of information to discover a classified project that is otherwise invisible. With the perfect clarity of hindsight, it is easy to engage in tiling with “As We May Think” and observe the way in which Bush seems almost to tease his readers about electronic computers.

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