Digital technologies have advanced rapidly in the 21st century. As a result, our lives have changed significantly with widespread high-tech use at various scales — from supercomputers to laptops to mobile phones to the Internet of Things.
Computers and Society: Modern Perspectives is a lively, comprehensive, and globally-focused textbook that critically assesses these achievements and how they are applied in digital media; education and learning; medicine and health; free speech, democracy, and government; and war and peace. Social, policy, legal, and ethical issues such as inclusion, lifestyle, security, safety, and privacy are discussed. Particular attention is paid to recent developments in automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.The text contains over 100 topical case studies on current phenomena such as designer babies, fake news, election hacking, data breaches, ransomware, self-driving cars, autonomous weapons, whistle-blowers, and corporate concentration. Over 400 exercises and projects are provided for both individual and team assignments.