The Humane Use of Human Ideas

The Humane Use of Human Ideas

The Discoveries Project and Eco-Technology

1st Edition - January 1, 1983

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  • Editor: Shuhei Aida
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136325

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The Humane Use of Human Ideas: The Discoveries Project and Eco-Technology is a 16-chapter book that begins with a discussion on the four international symposia organized by the DISCOVERIES Project. Subsequent chapters describe the model of interdisciplinary research; the birth of programmed society; breaking the chains of traditional systems science; and impacts and characteristics of automation and automated information processing technology. Other chapters explore the impact of automated information processing on society; development of communication; a computational approach to language behavior; and fundamental concepts of eco-technology.

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Philosophy of "Discoveries": The First Discoveries Symposium

    Beyond the Culture Shock

    The Reinstatement of Spiritual Culture

    A New Viewpoint for Human Activities

    2. Future Challenge: The Second Discoveries Symposium

    Science, Culture and Society

    Science and Technology on Trial

    Energy Versus Humankind

    Communication and Information

    Global Planning

    Roma Locuta Est

    3. A Communications Society: The Third Discoveries Symposium


    Communications Society Defined

    The Development of Communication

    Communication, Understanding and Society

    Communication and Socio-economic Phenomena

    Communication Achieved

    4. Automated Information: The Fourth Discoveries Symposium


    Symposium Goals and Organization

    Review of the Opening Session

    Summaries of the Case Study and Session Chairmen

    Concluding Remarks


    5. Evolution and Revolution

    6. A Model of Interdisciplinary Research in Order to Make Prediction

    7. From Exchange to Communication: The Birth of Programed Society


    Levels of Historicity

    Programmed Society in Human Experience

    New Class Relations

    Society Without State, or State Without Society


    8. Breaking the Chains of Traditional Systems Science

    Four Scientific "Truths"

    "We Shall Overcome"


    9. Individuals and Society


    Analysis of Subjective Evaluations through Fuzzy Set Theory

    Social Structural Model


    10. Impacts and Characteristics of Automation and Automated Information Processing Technology

    Genealogy of Automation

    Automation and Cybernation

    The Computer as an Automatic Information Processing System

    Characteristics of Computerization in Japan

    Automation and Japanese-Style Industrial Management

    11. The Problem of Appropriate Technology

    An Operational Definition of "Appropriate Technology"

    Conditions for Success of "Appropriate Technology"

    Technology Assessment

    Technology Transfer


    12. The Impact of Automated Information Processing on Society


    A Short Story

    Automated Information Processing

    The Computer

    The System

    The Technical Impact

    The Social Impact

    The Impact on Developing Countries

    The Philosophical Impact

    13. Development of Communication in the Future Perspective

    14. Do Computers Lead the Way to a New Social System?

    15. Communication and Understanding: A Computational Approach to Language Behavior


    The Mediating Role of Language Behavior

    Computation Modeling of Language Behavior

    16. Fundamental Concepts of Eco-Technology

    Development and Ecology

    Systematic Research

    Philosophical Principles of Eco-technology

    Basic Structure of Eco-technology

    Essential International Cooperation


    Biographical Notes

Product details

  • No. of pages: 322
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1983
  • Published: January 1, 1983
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136325

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Shuhei Aida

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