This chapter deals with computers, the device that really started the digital revolution. The famous 1984 Macintosh commercial is discussed, showing how it reflected ambivalent view we have about computers and their role in society and our lives. Computers play a major role in the development of our digital culture. The ability of computers to edit texts and images and films is dealt with. Next I offer statistics showing that the sale of desktop computers has peaked, though they still sell in huge numbers. This if followed by a discussion of the ability of computers to recognize faces and the existence of programs that can scan faces and obtain reliable information about our emotions as well as medical and psychological problems.


Facial Expression Facial Recognition Desktop Computer Digital Device Electronic Imperative 
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© Arthur Asa Berger 2015

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  • Arthur Asa Berger
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  1. 1.San Francisco State UniversityUSA

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