Automation and the Future of Man - S. DemczynskiGeorge Allen & Unwin, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with spotting to the panels. Price Clipped. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “The physical dependence of man on his tools and the extent to which they condition his mental outlook, individually and collectively, is already very great and is certain to increase sharply with the further development of automation and automatic data processing. To examine critically this manifold interaction between man and machine is the main purpose of this book. It contends that, in spite of spectacular technical achievements, modern western civilization is basically empty and aimless and that, although we certainly can make some very complex machines, we are largely ignorant about applying them for the true benefit of mankind.
This might seem a rather unusual thesis for an author who is himself an industrial consultant with a scientific and technological background. However, his extensive interests outside his specialisation permit a humanistic view of the technical developments about which he can speak with professional authority. He is also helped by the fact that his background and his personal experiences have given him a first-hand knowledge of the worlds separated by the Iron Curtain. An ex-prisoner from a forced labour camp, his outlook is remarkably free from prejudice when facing a world full of fanatical ideologies, anti-rationalism and thermo-nuclear ballistic missiles. It is a book that may shock but cannot be ignored.”