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How to Fix the Future

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365 pages
Lansat:
Feb 6, 2018
ISBN:
9780802189127
Format:
Carte

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From data breaches to disinformation, a look at the digital revolution’s collateral damage with “practical solutions to a wide-range of tech-related woes” (TechCrunch).

In this book, a Silicon Valley veteran travels around the world and interviews important decision-makers to paint a picture of how tech has changed our lives—for better and for worse—and what steps we might take, as societies and individuals, to make the future something we can once again look forward to.

“A truly important book and the most significant work so far in an emerging body of literature in which technology’s smartest thinkers are raising alarm bells about the state of the Internet, and laying groundwork for how to fix it.”?Fortune

“After years of giddiness about the wonders of technology, a new realization is dawning: the future is broken. Andrew Keen was among the first and most insightful to see it. The combination of the digital revolution, global hyperconnectivity, and economic dysfunction has led to a populist backlash and destruction of civil discourse. In this bracing book, Keen offers tools for righting our societies and principles to guide us in the future.”?Walter Isaacson, New York Times-bestselling author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo Da Vinci

“Comparing our current situation to the Industrial Revolution, he stresses the importance of keeping humanity at the center of technology.”?Booklist

“Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world.”?Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Lansat:
Feb 6, 2018
ISBN:
9780802189127
Format:
Carte

Despre autor

ANDREW KEEN, author of The Cult of the Amateur, is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose writings on culture, media, and technology have appeared in The Weekly Standard, Fast Company, The San Francisco Chronicle, Listener, and Jazziz. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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    Dining with the CognoscentiTech has created at least as many problems as it has solved, and there are more on the way. Andrew Keen has sacrificed his stomach, meeting with experts in every field in restaurants around the world to discuss the ways out. This rambling tour of the world touches down where thinkers have identified potential solutions. They all have their opinions and some are acting on them. But it is totally scattered and no seismic shifts are evident. Even the universal basic income, which has support all over the world, is still stuck in the pilot project stage, despite endless proof of concept. So the fixes are not very specific.The framework for How To Fix The Future is Thomas More’s Utopia, now 500 years young. Keen keeps referring to aspects of it, showing how More’s ideas do or do not apply to our situation today, as well as how little things have changed. He is particularly enamored of Holbein’s map of Utopia, which can be viewed as human skull. Keen refers to it numerous times.Basically, there are no new solutions, just old ones coming back to life. Musicians are striking against the streaming services. Uber, Lyft, UPS and Fedex drivers want recognition as full employees, not just “independent contractors”. Schools are focusing on developing inquisitive humans (as opposed to test takers). More millennials are purchasing their music and news. Estonia and Singapore are making a lot of data public, and protected from fraud by date stamps. All over the world, small steps are appearing. But for every Redfin, paying real estate agents a living wage plus benefits, there is a Walmart, keeping employees part time, minimum wage, and relying on Obamacare for their health benefits. For every Freada Kapor Klein, there is a Martin Shkreli.Keen separates fixes into five buckets:-government or legal regulation (more accountability, and anti-trust activity)-competitive innovation (encouraging and democratizing startups against the winner-take-all)-social responsibility by citizens (relying on tech billionaires to do the right thing)-consumer choice (including trade unionization)-education (more physical activity, less screen time)Keen admits these fixes are not star-crossed. They won’t necessarily work or change the world, and they provide their own risks. But for Keen, who has been criticizing the internet for years, this is a turnabout.David Wineberg