ChapterÂ 12.Â Digital Cognition and Agency
The electric things have their life, too.
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For the realm of information technology, the word information has a specific history. Just as ecological psychologist James J. Gibson chose the word for his work in psychology, Claude Shannon (1916â2001) appropriated it for his own, separate purposes. An American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographerâoften called the âFather of Information TheoryââShannon was the prime mover behind a way of understanding and using information that has led to the digital revolution weâre experiencing today. His work during World War II, and later at Bell Labs and MIT, is foundational to anything that relies on packaging ...