Computers and Society: Modern Perspectives is a wide-ranging and comprehensive textbook that critically assesses the global technical achievements in digital technologies and how are they are applied in media; education and learning; medicine and health; free speech, democracy, and government; and war and peace.
Ronald M. Baecker reviews critical ethical issues raised by computers, such as digital inclusion, security, safety, privacy,automation, and work, and discusses social, political, and ethical controversies and choices now faced by society. Particular attention is paid to new and exciting developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the issues that have arisen from our complex relationship with AI.
Ronald M. Baecker, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, University of Toronto
Ronald M. Baecker is Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus Bell Chair in Human-Computer Interaction, co-founder of the Dynamic Graphics Project, and founder of both the Knowledge Media Design Institute and the Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab (TAGlab), all at the University of Toronto.
He has been named one of the 60 Pioneers of Computer Graphics by ACM SIGGRAPH, has been elected to the CHI (Computers and Human Interaction) Academy by ACM SIGCHI, has been named an ACM Fellow, and has been given the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society Achievement Award, a Canadian Digital Media Pioneer Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science.
He is also founding Editor of the Synthesis Lectures on Assistive, Rehabilitative, and Health-preserving Technologies (Morgan & Claypool, Publisher).