The Dream Machine

by M. Mitchell Waldrop

Book Reviews

  • Finally reading The Dream Machine (don’t tell Patrick it took me so long). Spectacular book, reminding us that a supposedly staid, stuffy time was, in fact, inhabited by people who were funny, flawed, and ultimately human (This is something I love about @HamiltonMusical, too)Link to Tweet
  • The only time I find myself actively trying to be contrarian is when I see several smart young techies all reading the same things at once I look forward to reading the Michael Ovitz book and The Dream Machine sometime mid-2019. I'll get to Stubborn Attachments on a vacationLink to Tweet
  • Despite the fact that his eyes, Mona Lisa-style, seem to follow you, this thing is genuinely a thing of beauty. to Tweet
  • If👇 sounds really interesting, I highly recommend reading The Dream Machine. I got obsessed with reading the papers discussed in this thread after I read that book to Tweet

About Book

At a time when computers were a short step removed from mechanical data processors, Licklider was writing treatises on "human-computer symbiosis," "computers as communication devices," and a now not-so-unfamiliar "Intergalactic Network." His ideas became so influential, his passion so contagious, that Waldrop coined him "computing's Johnny Appleseed." In a simultaneously compelling personal narrative and comprehensive historical exposition, Waldrop tells the story of the man who not only instigated the work that led to the internet, but also shifted our understanding of what computers were and could be.