How Machines Make History, and how Historians (And Others) Help Them to Do So

@article{Misa1988HowMM,
  title={How Machines Make History, and how Historians (And Others) Help Them to Do So},
  author={T. Misa},
  journal={Science, Technology, & Human Values},
  year={1988},
  volume={13},
  pages={308 - 331}
}
  • T. Misa
  • Published 1988
  • Sociology
  • Science, Technology, & Human Values
If machines make history, they do so only with the assistance of others. For the most part, machines are mute and illiterate, and it is historians (and others) who decide the extent to which technology acts as an independent force to shape history. Vacillating between Marx and Mumford, historians, philosophers, and sociologists writing on technology in the last ten years have reached no consensus on technological determinism. Of the fields reviewed here, philosophers of technology are the most… Expand
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