Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

Kentaro Toyama


After a decade designing applied sciences intended to deal with schooling, health and wellbeing, and worldwide poverty, award-winning laptop scientist Kentaro Toyama got here to a tricky end: Even in an age of fantastic know-how, social development relies on human adjustments that instruments can’t deliver.

Computers in Bangalore are locked away in dusty cupboards simply because academics don’t be aware of what to do with them. cellphone apps intended to unfold hygiene practices in Africa fail to enhance wellbeing and fitness. Executives in Silicon Valley evangelize novel applied sciences at paintings whilst they ship their young ones to Waldorf faculties that ban electronics. and 4 many years of superb innovation in the USA have performed not anything to show the tide of emerging poverty and inequality. Why then can we retain hoping that know-how will remedy our best social ills?

In this incisive publication, Toyama therapies us of the manic rhetoric of electronic utopians and reinvigorates us with a deeply people-centric view of social switch. Contrasting the outlandish claims of tech zealots with tales of individuals like Patrick Awuah, a Microsoft millionaire who left his engineering activity to open Ghana’s first liberal arts college, and Tara Sreenivasa, a graduate of a striking South Indian college that takes impoverished little ones into the high-tech places of work of Goldman Sachs and Mercedes-Benz, Geek Heresy is a heartwarming reminder that it’s human knowledge, now not machines, that movement our international forward.

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