About the book
Computer-Mediated Communications (CMC) is an umbrella term which refers to human communication via computers. Temporarily, a distinction can be made between synchronous CMC, where interaction takes place in real time, and asynchronous CMC, where participants are not necessarily online simultaneously. Synchronous CMC includes various types of text-based online chat, computer, audio, and video conferencing; asynchronous CMC encompasses email, discussion forums, and mailing lists. CMC can take place over local area networks (LANs) or over the Internet. Internet CMC, as well as allowing for global communication, also provides for the added dimension of hypertext links to sites on the www, and to email addresses.If the third `c', that is, `control' is added to the process, interaction between human (physical world) and computer (cyber world) results in complex heterogeneous distributed systems called cyber-physical systems (CPS). The recent advancements in CPSs form the core foundation for the next-generation of digital economy, industrial IoT and industry 4.0; emerging technologies contributing to the fourth industrial revolution the world is currently experiencing.
The main objective of the book is to map the technological evolution from CMC to CPS and develop the general theoretical framework behind them. This book will serve a guide of our more and more data-driven society, allowing for a systemic impact evaluation of trendy topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, fake news, Industry 4.0, 5G, software-defined network, Energy Internet, digital twin and data ownership.