Computers and the Changing World: A Theme for the Automation Age - John HargreavesLondon: Hutchinson, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper, small closed tear to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “This book has developed out of lectures given to a wide variety of audiences who need to know how technology, and computers in particular, will affect their lives, and also to be reassured that they need not be technicians themselves to come to terms with a bewildering technological age. These audiences include students who must capture something of the vision of the times; teaching staff at schools and universities who must prepare their pupils for a completely different kind of world; humanists who see in the age of the technocrat a threat to their values and their way of life, and who must be satisfied that what they believe is still valid.
There are businessmen who, at a late stage in their careers, are required to assimilate a new professionalism, and a new generation of managers who must give leadership within, as well as beyond, the confines of industry. And there is the great mass of people, the elderly, the unskilled, the professionals, and indeed the whole gamut of society, which is generally bewildered, often resentful and fearful, and sometimes resistant because of the adjustments they are having to make.
The objective of this book is to allay these fears and to reassure the reader not only that man is still paramount but that the basic human values are still of vital importance. It is to tell the layman that this decade is not beyond his comprehension nor his ability to adapt. It is to sound the note of warning that the only thing that could turn promise into chaos, and prevent us from grasping the possibilities that are being opened up, is not the computer, but man’s own fear and reluctance to change. And it is to give the reader a little more confidence, so that he can play his part in steering events and fulfilling his promise.”