The Poet and the Computer

The essential problem of man in a computerized age remains the same as it has always been.  That problem is not solely how to be more productive, more comfortable, more content, but how to be more sensitive, more sensible, more proportionate, more alive.  The computer makes possible a phenomenal leap in human proficiency; it demolishes the fences around the practical and even theoretical intelligence.  But the question persists and indeed grows whether the computer makes it easier or harder for human beings to know who they really are, to identify their real problems, to respond more fully to beauty, to place adequate value on life, and to make their world safer than it now is. The Poet and the Computer.

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