|About the Book|
Since the 1960s, the rapid evolution of technology has created a new cultural geography a virtual geography. The Difference Engine: Computing, Knowledge and the Transformation of Learning offers a conscious critique of this change and its effects on contemporary culture and education. This engaging text assumes that we are at a critical moment one where we are moving from a modern into a post-modern culture and examines the seven key components of this change: 1. Hypertext/Hypermedia2. Augmented Intelligence3. Networked Information and Communication Systems4. Collective Intelligence5. Hyperreality6. the Panoptic Sort7. Mobile computing.Deriving its name from Charles Babbage s experimental calculating machine, also known as the first modern computer, The Difference Engine delineates these seven components, like those of the cogs and gears in Babbage s engine. As the real power of the engine lies not in its parts, but in its combined reaction, Provenzo s new book provides a unique perspective by assessing the result of this combination of technology, culture, and literacy.