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Simulation and Its Discontents
Author: Sherry Turkle

ISBN: 9780262012706
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 14 May 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 14.4 x 2.0
Description:
Over the past twenty years, the technologies of simulation and visualization have changed our ways of looking at the world. In "Simulation and Its Discontents, " Sherry Turkle examines the now dominant medium of our working lives and finds that simulation has become its own sensibility. We hear it in Turkle's description of architecture students who no longer design with a pencil, of science and engineering students who admit that computer models seem more "real" than experiments in physical laboratories. Echoing architect Louis Kahn's famous question, "What does a brick want?," Turkle asks, "What does simulation want?" Simulations want, even demand, immersion, and the benefits are clear. Architects create buildings unimaginable before virtual design; scientists determine the structure of molecules by manipulating them in virtual space; physicians practice anatomy on digitized humans. But immersed in simulation, we are vulnerable. There are losses as well as gains. Older scientists describe a younger generation as "drunk with code." Young scientists, engineers, and designers, full citizens of the virtual, scramble to ...

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