New PDF release: A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT Press)

By Tung-Hui Hu

We may perhaps think the electronic cloud as placeless, mute, airy, and unmediated. but the truth of the cloud is embodied in millions of huge information facilities, anybody of that could use as a lot electrical energy as a midsized city. Even most of these info facilities are just one small a part of the cloud. at the back of that cloud-shaped icon on our monitors is a complete universe of applied sciences and cultural norms, all operating to maintain us from noticing their life. during this booklet, Tung-Hui Hu examines the space among the true and the digital in our realizing of the cloud. Hu exhibits that the cloud grew out of such older networks as railroad tracks, sewer strains, and tv circuits. He describes key moments within the prehistory of the cloud, from the sport "Spacewar" as exemplar of time-sharing pcs to chilly warfare bunkers that have been later reused as facts facilities. Countering the preferred conception of a brand new "cloudlike" political strength that's dispersed and immaterial, Hu argues that the cloud grafts electronic applied sciences onto older methods of exerting energy over a inhabitants. yet simply because we make investments the cloud with cultural fantasies approximately defense and participation, we fail to acknowledge its militarized origins and beliefs. relocating among the materiality of the know-how itself and its cultural rhetoric, Hu's account bargains a collection of recent instruments for rethinking the modern electronic environment.

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