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An Ecology of Operations: Vigilance, Radar, and the Birth of the Computer Screen

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-95
Number of pages37
Issue number1
Early online date1 Aug 2019
Accepted/In press26 Apr 2019
E-pub ahead of print1 Aug 2019
Published1 Aug 2019


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This article examines the birth of interactive computer screens from enemy targeting and tracking systems (especially computerized radar) that distributed information processing in an ecology of operations among humans, computational instruments, and the environment. It proposes a concept of "computational screening’’ to account for the integration of visualization and information processing that gave rise to digital images.

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