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The Ascent of GIM, the Global Intelligent Machine

A History of Production and Information Machines


Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 1-5
  3. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 7-31
  4. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 33-53
  5. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 83-110
  6. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 111-143
  7. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 145-175
  8. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 241-266
  9. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 267-291
  10. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 293-317
  11. Teun Koetsier
    Pages 319-325
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 327-364

About this book


In  the concluding chapters of this book the author introduces GIM, the Global Intelligent Machine. GIM is a huge global hybrid machine, a combination of production machinery, information machinery and mechanized networks.  In the future it may very well encompass all machinery on the globe.

The author discusses the development of machines from the Stone Age until the present and pays particular attention to the rise of the science of machines and the development of the relationship between science and technology.

The first production and information tools were invented in the Stone Age. In the Agricultural empires tools and machinery became more complex. During and after the Industrial Revolution the pace of innovation accelerated. In the 20th century the mechanization of production, information processing and networks became increasingly sophisticated. GIM is the culmination of this development.

GIM is no science fiction. GIM exists and is growing and getting smarter and smarter. Individuals and institutions are trying to control parts of this giant global robot. By looking at its history and by putting GIM in the context of the current developments, this book seeks to reach a fuller understanding of this phenomenon.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Faculty of ScienceVU UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Ascent of GIM, the Global Intelligent Machine
  • Book Subtitle A History of Production and Information Machines
  • Authors Teun Koetsier
  • Series Title History of Mechanism and Machine Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title History Mechanism, Machine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96546-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96547-5
  • Series ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series E-ISSN 1875-3426
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 364
  • Number of Illustrations 158 b/w illustrations, 80 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Machinery and Machine Elements
    Artificial Intelligence
    History of Technology
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