IEEE CS Press Author Discusses the Computer Revolution’s End
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 15 June, 2009 -- In the second installment of a new series of Meet the Authors videos intended to put faces with the experts behind Computer Society books, David Alan Grier gives readers a flavor of the historical and social backdrop that influenced the development of computing technology and its use. The video is available at http://www.computer.org.
The richly personal essays collected in Grier's latest book, Too Soon to Tell: Essays for the End of the Computer Revolution, trace the impact that hardware, software engineering, and the Internet have already had on the everyday individuals, families, and institutions that have moved computing into mainstream society around the world over the past six decades.
In writing the book, just released by the IEEE Computer Society Press, Grier said he looked at the things that interested him in the people that did computing. “I started to look at stories of those qualities that the people who have dealt with computing, who have advanced the technology, brought to the field,” he said. “What I’m looking at is less the technology, which has changed so very rapidly, than at the people, at the timeless way in which they encounter something new.”
In addition to Too Soon to Tell (ISBN 978-0-470-080351), Grier has a growing collection of podcasts and columns, featured at computingnow.computer.org/grier.
IEEE Computer Society Press Meet the Authors interviews are intended to bring the authors’ insights and professional expertise to a broader audience. More Meet the Authors interviews will be added to the YouTube collection and to IEEE.tv over time.
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