Dr Richard Barbrook, University lecturer of Politics at University of Westminster.
Book: From THinking machines to the Global Village.
Lecture subject; Why do we have the same future again and again?
Why the promises of the past for the future, never happen and are promised again and again in the future.
In the 1964 New York World’s fair the promises given to the visiting public were:
Space, astronauts/cosmonauts – within 25 years we would all be going on holiday to the moon.
General electrics, Fusion, Cheap electricity – free electricity
IBM 360 computer, promised in 25 years – computers would become thinking machines
IBMs 1st computer went to the military and was designed to run a war. Particularly to fight a nuclear war.
Dr Barbrook’s lecture gave a convincing and frightening view of the cold war, spies, espionage, counter espionage and how key individuals control the system and to all intents and purposes play games with the power they hold resulting in wars and massive loss of life.
Accessed 28 January 2016
Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the Global Village
By Dr. Richard Barbrook
Winner of the 2008 Marshall McLuhan Prize for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology
Author and University of Westminster lecturer Dr. Richard Barbrook, debuted his latest literary work to worldwide audiences in Spring 2007. Imaginary Futures demonstrates how politics influenced the way this powerful tool is controlled today and calls upon all who are cyber-connected to use the Internet for taking revolutionary politics into their own hands, to create a more positive future. Anyone who uses the Internet should read this book because it is:
• Brilliantly researched
• Politically radical
Barbrook challenges new generations to take the power of the Internet into their own hands, to resist status quo politics and to use the world’s most powerful political tool to shape their own, better, destiny. His message: if we don’t want the future to be what it used to be, we must invent our own, improved and truly revolutionary future.
“There is an urban guerrilla feeling and tone to this book with an ambitious message to point out. It is fantastically radical, because it reminds us of what could have been and what may still happen… Many Net writers adopt an a-political stance, but Richard shows it is the opposite – and that the most important political issues of our time are tied into the Net.” –Simon Schaffer, Cambridge University Professor and BBC Presenter