The Conquest of Will Revisited by Abbe Mowshowitz

Almost fifty years ago, Dr. Abbe Mowshowitz wrote the first comprehensive critical study of social issues in computing, The Conquest of Will (1976). This new book revisits this seminal study, featuring an overview of technological advances over the past half century, and provides a unique comparison between what was believed and expected of computers back in 1976, and actual outcomes up to the present time.

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Probing the Roots of Gun Violence

Introduction. Incidents of gun violence in which people are killed, maimed or traumatized are almost universally condemned. The press is full of the depressing stories and statistics, so no need to review them here. Such incidents are typically followed by public expressions of horror, disgust and disbelief. Opinions on the causes and measures to reduce gun violence are far from…

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On the Importance of Blockchain

Introduction. The advent of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, which are dependent on blockchain, have catapulted this new technology into the limelight. As a result, an endless stream of articles and purported explanations of blockchain have appeared in recent years. A Google search on the term “blockchain” turned up over 200 million entries at the time of writing. The challenge of…

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Metaverse by EMperOr
Metaverse by EMperOr

Lo and Behold: METAVERSE

Introduction. Is it a slogan, is it a philosophy? It’s METAVERSE! Presumably meta-universe is meant, but in our busy world contractions rule. Etymology buffs: note that the prefix has a Greek root which means “after.” The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was perhaps the first to popularize this prefix with his treatise on Metaphysics, so named because it came after his…

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Gone are the ties that bind

Recently published article: Business is the main driver of social change in the current period, and flexibility and agility are today’s catchwords, taking precedence over continuity. The marketplace puts a premium on short term relations in business since they favor the bottom line. Innovations in management pioneered by large companies since the end of the Second World War, underwritten by…

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