A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT Press) by Tung-Hui Hu

By Tung-Hui Hu

We may perhaps think the electronic cloud as placeless, mute, airy, and unmediated. but the truth of the cloud is embodied in hundreds of thousands of big facts facilities, anybody of which may use as a lot electrical energy as a midsized city. Even these kind of info facilities are just one small a part of the cloud. at the back of that cloud-shaped icon on our displays is an entire universe of applied sciences and cultural norms, all operating to maintain us from noticing their life. during this e-book, Tung-Hui Hu examines the distance among the genuine and the digital in our knowing of the cloud. Hu indicates that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer traces, and tv circuits. He describes key moments within the prehistory of the cloud, from the sport "Spacewar" as exemplar of time-sharing pcs to chilly struggle bunkers that have been later reused as facts facilities. Countering the preferred notion of a brand new "cloudlike" political strength that's dispersed and immaterial, Hu argues that the cloud grafts electronic applied sciences onto older methods of exerting strength over a inhabitants. yet simply because we make investments the cloud with cultural fantasies approximately safety and participation, we fail to acknowledge its militarized origins and beliefs. relocating among the materiality of the know-how itself and its cultural rhetoric, Hu's account bargains a collection of latest instruments for rethinking the modern electronic environment.

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A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT Press)

We may perhaps think the electronic cloud as placeless, mute, airy, and unmediated. but the truth of the cloud is embodied in millions of big info facilities, anybody of which could use as a lot electrical energy as a midsized city. Even a majority of these info facilities are just one small a part of the cloud. at the back of that cloud-shaped icon on our displays is an entire universe of applied sciences and cultural norms, all operating to maintain us from noticing their lifestyles.

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