Introduction, Part 1. Technology, Nature, and the Human Prospect 1. 1.The Deceiving Virtues of Technology. 2. Hold a Blossom to the Light. 3. Toward an Ecological Conversation. Part 2. Extraordinary Lives 55. 4. Can Technology Make the Handicapped Whole? 5. The Many Voices of Destiny. 6.On Forgetting to Wear Boots. Part 3. From Information to Education .7. Why Is the Moon Getting Farther Away? 8. Failure to Connect. 9. Educational Provocations. 10. Three Notes: On Baby Walkers, Video Games, and Sex. 11.Who's Killing Higher Education? (Or Is It Suicide?) Part 4. On Socializing Our Machines. 12. Conversing with Ella.13. Flesh and Machines: The Mere Assertions of Rodney Brooks. 14. From HAL to Kismet.15. Invisible Tools or Emotionally Supportive Pals? Part 5. On Mechanizing Society.16. Evil. 17. The Threat of Technology That Works Well. 18. The Ideal of Ubiquitous Technology. 19. Privacy in an Age of Data. 20.A Taste for Number Magic. 21 The Internet: Reflections on Our Present Discontents
Steve Talbott is a Senior Researcher at The Nature Institute in Ghent, New York. He produces the Institute's NetFuture newsletter, which was termed an "undiscovered national treasure" in a New York Times feature story on his work. His book, The Future Does Not Compute: Transcending the Machines in Our Midst, (O'Reilly, 1995) was named one of the "Outstanding Books of 1996" by the academic library journal, Choice.