Science, Computers, and the Information Onslaught

Science, Computers, and the Information Onslaught

A Collection of Essays

1st Edition - August 27, 1984

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  • Editors: Donald M. Kerr, Karl Braithwaite, N. Metropolis
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263052

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Science, Computers, and the Information Onslaught: A Collection of Essays covers the proceedings of the 1981 meeting on “Science and the Information Onslaught”, held at Los Alamos, New Mexico. This book is organized into five parts encompassing 19 chapters. The first part deals with the problems of measurement and the uses of information in decisions concerning national security. This part also emphasizes the dependence of survival on technological progress. The next part examines the foundations of information theory, the interaction between psychological concepts and the mathematical theories of automata, and the major problems in robotics. These topics are followed by discussions of the efforts to codify languages in formal grammatical systems and the past misuse of irrelevantly detailed information in decision making, specifically the use and misuse of information in government decisions about technological projects. The remaining parts consider the project of enhancing human abilities by the insertion of silicon chips in the body. These parts also assess the implications of a microelectronic technology capable of producing chips bearing millions of logically active circuit elements. Accounts of cryptanalytic successes in World War II are also included. This book will be of value to mathematicians, physicists, linguistics, and computer scientists.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    I. Introduction

    Welcoming Comments to the Conference on Science and the Information Onslaught

    Technological Innovation: The Key to Our National Security

    II. The Science of Information

    The Human Possession and Transfer of Information

    Computers, Control, and Intentionality

    Machines and Elephants Never Forget

    Review of the Quantum-Mechanical Measurement Problem

    How Does One Get so Much Information from so Few Assumptions?

    III. Science and the Information Onslaught

    Has Anything Changed Since "Science, Government, and Information"?

    Some Aspects of the Information Onslaught in Geoscience

    Libraries in the Year 2000

    IV. Computers and the Information Onslaught

    Large-Scale Parallel Computers

    Information and Digital Computing: Too Much with us, Near and Far?

    Words and Sounds

    Natural Language Based Information Management Systems

    Sandia and Information Handling

    V. Government, Society, National Security, and the Information Onslaught

    Remarks on the Accuracy of Some Recent World War II Accounts

    Science and National Security Decisions

    The Irrelevance of Information to Government Decision Making

    Can Science Education Cope with the Information Onslaught?

    Consensus for Action

Product details

  • No. of pages: 290
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: August 27, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263052

About the Editors

Donald M. Kerr

Karl Braithwaite

N. Metropolis

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