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Ian Beacock
Cultural historian, Stanford University

Ian Beacock is an intellectual and cultural historian of modern Europe at Stanford University in California. He lives in San Francisco.

Written by Ian Beacock

Essay/
Technology and the self
Humanist among machines

As the dreams of Silicon Valley fill our world, could the dowdy historian Arnold Toynbee help prevent a nightmare?

Ian Beacock