Moths to the Flame

The Seductions of Computer Technology

In Moths to the Flame, Gregory Rawlins takes us on a humorous yet thought-provoking tour of the world wrought by modern technology. The book's first four chapters explore the worlds of privacy, virtual reality, publishing, and computer networks, while the last four focus on social issues such as warfare, jobs, computer catastrophes, and the future itself. Throughout, eye-opening historical comparisons give a context for the computer age, showing how new technologies have always bred hope and resistance. Provocative yet balanced and sophisticated, Moths to the Flame is an indispensable guidebook to the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Too Many Secrets
  3. 2. Infinite in All Directions
  4. 3. The Power of Ideas
  5. 4. Only Connect
  6. 5. The Bloody Crystal
  7. 6. The Life You Save
  8. 7. The Machine Stumbles
  9. 8. A Creation Unknown
  10. My Thanks
  11. Index