GLASS CAGE


GLASS CAGE

NICHOLAS CARR    Book Number: 84697    Product format: Hardback

A leading commentator on technology and culture, Nicholas Carr uses remarkable case studies to reveal how automation is changing us. From navigation techniques used by Inuit hunters to the errant trading of seven billion dollars on Wall Street by an algorithm gone rogue - this is not just our ability to read maps and drive cars but to solve problems, forge memories and acquire skills. Automation is everywhere from the thermostat in our homes and the GPS in our phones to the algorithms of High Frequency Trading and self-driving cars. We now use it to diagnose patients, educate children, evaluate criminal evidence and fight wars, but psychological studies show that we perform best when fully involved in a task. The principle of automation, that humans are inefficient, is self-fulfilling. As we become increasingly dependent on software to make decisions for us, the glass cockpit becomes a glass cage. We remember the May 2009 air crash when all 228 passengers and crew died because the autopilot had routinely switched itself off. For everyone with a mobile phone which runs your life. With ghastly bright green endpapers, 276pp.
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