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Stefan Artmann

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 92: Computers and Anthropology

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Computers and Anthropology
Computers and anthropology

Human beings are toolmakers. The history of their civilization is strongly influenced by technological innovations that, to an ever-greater extent, make the use of matter and energy for human purposes possible. From the building of huts and the making of a fire to the construction of skyscrapers and the fusion of nuclei, all cultures have been transforming the resources of nature to reproduce and improve the basis of their own survival. Besides matter and energy, there exists another source of supply that has been exploited technologically since time immemorial-information. Whoever used, for the first time, a sharp edge to leave a durable mark that could express excitement, appeal to demons, or represent a bagged animal, stood at the beginning of ...

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