Life in Code

A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman

  • Published: Aug 23, 2020

The never-more-necessary return of one of our most vital and eloquent voices on technology and culture, the author of the seminal Close to the Machine The last twenty years have brought us the rise of the internet, the development of artificial... read more

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Details of Life in Code

Exact title of the book
Life in Code
Book author
Ellen Ullman
ISBN
9781250181695
Publisher
Picador
Published
Aug 07, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
320
File size (in PDF)
2880 kB

Some brief overview of book

The never-more-necessary return of one of our most vital and eloquent voices on technology and culture, the author of the seminal Close to the Machine The last twenty years have brought us the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society. Through it all, Ellen Ullman lived and worked inside that rising culture of technology, and in Life in Code she tells the continuing story of the changes it wrought with a unique, expert perspective. When Ellen Ullman moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s and went on to become a computer programmer, she was joining a small, idealistic, and almost exclusively male cadre that aspired to genuinely change the world.

In 1997 Ullman wrote Close to the Machine, the now classic and still definitive account of life as a coder at the birth of what would be a sweeping technological, cultural, and financial revolution. Twenty years later, the story Ullman recounts is neither one of unbridled triumph nor a nostalgic denial of progress. It is necessarily the story of digital technologys loss of innocence as it entered the cultural mainstream, and it is a personal reckoning with all that has changed, and so much that hasnt.

Life in Code is an essential text toward our understanding of the last twenty yearsand the next twenty.

About author

Ullman wrote her first computer program in 1978. She went on to have a twenty-year career as a programmer and software engineer. Her essays and books have become landmark works describing the social, emotional, and personal effects of technology.

She is the author of two novels By Blood, a New York TimesNotable Book; and The Bug, a runner-up for the PenHemingway Award. Her memoir, Close to the Machine, about her life as a software engineer during the internet's first rise, became a cult classic. Her new book, Life in Code A Personal History of Technology, tells a continuing story of the technical world as she experienced it while living in its midst for more than two decades.

She is based in San Francisco.

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