We, Robots

We, Robots

Staying Human in the Age of Big Data

Book - 2015
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In the noble tradition of Jaron Lanier's You Are Not a Gadget (Penguin, 2011), Curtis White's We, Robots takes the radical position that maybe we shouldn't cede every bit of control, humanity, and decision making to technology, and that the techno-futurists in our mix have things dangerously backwards. What a notion! In this sharply argued and rousing book, White not only attacks the technology-loving establishment, but offers a beautiful and essential alternative.
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781612194554
Branch Call Number: 128 W5826W 2015
Characteristics: xvii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Not so much a book about the nuts & bolts of big data and artificial intelligence; more a debunking of present-day technophilia as mere public relations for a capitalism as bloody in tooth and nail as it ever has been. White's flaying of the hucksters is so merciless it left me laughing out loud, particularly the "Buddhism without religion" vogue in Silicon Valley. But his solution, "Back to the Romantics!," seems to me tired and isolated. The whole point is that the digital social media octopus can immediately appropriate anything spontaneous and life-affirming in a Warholian 15 minutes. The fact is that today a contemporary Byron would reduce CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE to a series of tweets.


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