By Nicholas Carr
Right now a party of expertise and a caution approximately its misuse, The Glass Cage will switch how you take into consideration the instruments you employ each day.
In The Glass Cage, best-selling writer Nicholas Carr digs in the back of the headlines approximately manufacturing facility robots and self-driving automobiles, wearable pcs and digitized drugs, as he explores the hidden bills of granting software program dominion over our paintings and our relaxation. whilst they convey ease to our lives, those courses are stealing whatever crucial from us.
Drawing on mental and neurological reviews that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and delight are tied to acting labor within the genuine global, Carr unearths anything we already suspect: transferring our awareness to machine monitors can depart us disengaged and discontented.
From nineteenth-century fabric turbines to the cockpits of recent jets, from the frozen searching grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the effect of automation from a deeply human standpoint, interpreting the non-public in addition to the commercial effects of our growing to be dependence on computers.
With a attribute mixture of background and philosophy, poetry and technology, Carr takes us on a trip from the paintings and early idea of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the most recent examine into human realization, reminiscence, and happiness, culminating in a relocating meditation on how we will use expertise to extend the human experience.
Nicholas Carr is one of the such a lot lucid, considerate, and beneficial thinkers alive. He’s additionally magnificent corporation. The Glass Cage could be required examining for everybody with a telephone. (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Artificial intelligence has that identify for a reason―it isn’t traditional, it isn’t human. As Nicholas Carr argues so gracefully and convincingly during this vital, insightful publication, it's time for individuals to regain the paintings of considering. it's time to invent an international the place machines are subservient to the wishes and desires of humanity. (Don Norman, writer of items that Make Us shrewdpermanent and layout of daily issues, director of the collage of California San Diego layout Lab)
Written with constrained objectivity, The Glass Cage is however frightening as any sci-fi mystery can be. It forces readers to mirror on what they already suspect, yet don't are looking to admit, approximately how know-how is shaping our lives. love it or now not, we're now accountable for the way forward for this negligible planet circling Sol; books like this one are wanted until eventually we strengthen a suitable working handbook. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, writer of stream: The Psychology of optimum event, professor of psychology and administration, Claremont Graduate University)
Engaging, informative …Carr deftly contains difficult examine and historic advancements with philosophy and prose to depict how expertise is altering the way in which we are living our lives. (Publishers Weekly)
Nick Carr is our such a lot proficient, clever critic of know-how. for the reason that we will automate every little thing, Carr persuades us that we must always do it wisely―with aware automation. Carr's human-centric technological destiny is one it's possible you'll truly are looking to dwell in. (Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for stressed out journal and writer of What know-how Wants)
Most folks, myself integrated, are too busy tweeting to note our march into technological dehumanization. Nicholas Carr applies the brakes for us (and our self-driving cars). (Gary Shteyngart, writer of Little Failure)
Carr brilliantly and scrupulously explores all of the mental and fiscal angles of our more and more tricky reliance on equipment and microchips to regulate virtually each element of our lives. A must-read for software program engineers and expertise specialists in all corners of in addition to all people who unearths himself or herself more and more depending on and hooked on contraptions. (Booklist, Starred Review)
Fresh and strong. (Mark Bauerlein - Weekly Standard)
Nick Carr is the infrequent philosopher who is aware that technological development is either crucial and being concerned. The Glass Cage is a decision for know-how that enhances our human features, instead of exchanging them. (Clay Shirky, writer of right here Comes all people and Cognitive Surplus)
A sobering new research of the dangers of clever expertise. (Hiawatha Bray - Boston Globe)
The Glass Cage is a precious antidote to the relentlessly hopeful futurism of Google, TED Talks and Walt Disney… a similar method no renowned dialog on cloning might be had with out bringing to brain Michael Crichton's techno-jeremiad Jurassic Park, Carr's booklet is situated to stake out related floor: to signify ethical restraint on destiny improvement with a well-timed and well-placed ‘what-if?' (James Janega - Chicago Tribune)
A stimulating, soaking up learn. (Michelle Scheraga - linked Press)
An elegantly written background of what position robotics have performed in our prior, and the potential position that they could play in our future… The Glass Cage urges us to take a second, to take inventory, and to achieve the fee that we’re paying―if no longer correct this moment, then definitely at some point soon within the future―in order to stay a existence that’s made more uncomplicated through expertise. (Elisabeth Donnelly - Flavorwire)
Helps us get pleasure from why so-called earnings of ‘superior results’ can include a steep cost of hard-to-see tradeoffs which are no much less effective for being sophisticated and nuanced. (Evan Seliger - Forbes Magazine)
[A] deeply trained mirrored image on laptop automation. (G. Pascal Zachary - San Francisco Chronicle)
Smart, insightful… paint[s] a portrait of an international effectively handing itself over to clever units. (Jacob Axelrad - Christian technological know-how Monitor)
Forces the reader to contemplate the place we're going, how briskly, and what all of it skill. (Phil Simon - Huffington Post)
Brings a much-needed humanistic point of view to the broader problems with automation. (Richard Waters - monetary Times)
One of Carr’s nice strengths as a critic is the measured calm of his method of his material―a infrequent factor in debates over technology… Carr excels at exploring those grey parts and illuminating for readers the intangible issues we're wasting via automating our lives. (Christine Rosen, Democracy)
There were few cautionary voices like Nicholas Carr’s urging us to take inventory, specifically, of the consequences of automation on our very humanness―what makes us who we're as individuals―and on our humanity―what makes us who we're in mixture. (Sue Halpern - manhattan evaluation of Books)
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