The Glass Cage: Automation and Us

The Glass Cage: Automation and Us

Nicholas Carr


instantaneously a party of know-how and a caution approximately its misuse, The Glass Cage will swap how you take into consideration the instruments you utilize each day.

In The Glass Cage, best-selling writer Nicholas Carr digs at the back of the headlines approximately manufacturing unit robots and self-driving autos, wearable pcs and digitized medication, as he explores the hidden bills of granting software program dominion over our paintings and our relaxation. while they create ease to our lives, those courses are stealing anything crucial from us.

Drawing on mental and neurological stories that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and pride are tied to appearing exertions within the genuine global, Carr unearths whatever we already suspect: transferring our awareness to machine monitors can depart us disengaged and discontented.

From nineteenth-century cloth turbines to the cockpits of recent jets, from the frozen looking grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the impression of automation from a deeply human viewpoint, analyzing the non-public in addition to the industrial effects of our growing to be dependence on computers.

With a attribute combination of historical past and philosophy, poetry and technology, Carr takes us on a trip from the paintings and early concept of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the newest examine into human consciousness, reminiscence, and happiness, culminating in a relocating meditation on how we will use expertise to extend the human experience.

Nicholas Carr is likely one of the such a lot lucid, considerate, and priceless thinkers alive. He’s additionally awesome corporation. The Glass Cage could be required studying for everybody with a mobile. (Jonathan Safran Foer)

Artificial intelligence has that identify for a reason―it isn’t common, it isn’t human. As Nicholas Carr argues so gracefully and convincingly during this very important, insightful e-book, it's time for individuals to regain the paintings of considering. it's time to invent a global the place machines are subservient to the wishes and needs 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 limited objectivity, The Glass Cage is however frightening as any sci-fi mystery should be. It forces readers to mirror on what they already suspect, yet don't are looking to admit, approximately how expertise is shaping our lives. love it or no longer, we're now answerable for the way forward for this negligible planet circling Sol; books like this one are wanted until eventually we strengthen a suitable working guide. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, writer of movement: The Psychology of optimum adventure, professor of psychology and administration, Claremont Graduate University)

Engaging, informative …Carr deftly comprises not easy learn and historic advancements with philosophy and prose to depict how know-how is altering the way in which we are living our lives. (Publishers Weekly)

Nick Carr is our such a lot trained, clever critic of expertise. for the reason that we'll automate every thing, Carr persuades us that we should always do it wisely―with conscious automation. Carr's human-centric technological destiny is one chances are you'll really are looking to reside in. (Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for stressed journal and writer of What expertise Wants)

Most people, myself incorporated, 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 the entire mental and fiscal angles of our more and more troublesome reliance on equipment and microchips to regulate nearly each element of our lives. A must-read for software program engineers and know-how specialists in all corners of in addition to every body who reveals 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 knows that technological growth is either crucial and caring. The Glass Cage is a choice for expertise that enhances our human features, instead of changing them. (Clay Shirky, writer of the following Comes all people and Cognitive Surplus)

A sobering new research of the risks of clever expertise. (Hiawatha Bray - Boston Globe)

The Glass Cage is a helpful antidote to the relentlessly hopeful futurism of Google, TED Talks and Walt Disney… an analogous method no well known dialog on cloning should be had with out bringing to brain Michael Crichton's techno-jeremiad Jurassic Park, Carr's ebook is situated to stake out comparable flooring: to indicate 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 historical past of what position robotics have performed in our prior, and the prospective position that they might play in our future… The Glass Cage urges us to take a second, to take inventory, and to achieve the cost that we’re paying―if now not correct this moment, then definitely sooner or later within the future―in order to reside a lifestyles that’s made more straightforward by way of know-how. (Elisabeth Donnelly - Flavorwire)

Helps us savor why so-called profits 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 knowledgeable mirrored image on computing device automation. (G. Pascal Zachary - San Francisco Chronicle)

Smart, insightful… paint[s] a portrait of a global without problems handing itself over to clever units. (Jacob Axelrad - Christian technology Monitor)

Forces the reader to consider the place we're going, how briskly, and what all of it skill. (Phil Simon - Huffington Post)

Brings a much-needed humanistic standpoint 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 components and illuminating for readers the intangible issues we're wasting by means of automating our lives. (Christine Rosen, Democracy)

There were few cautionary voices like Nicholas Carr’s urging us to take inventory, particularly, 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 - ny assessment of Books)

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