By Nicholas Carr
Right away a party of know-how and a caution approximately its misuse, The Glass Cage will swap how you take into consideration the instruments you employ 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 desktops and digitized medication, as he explores the hidden bills of granting software program dominion over our paintings and our rest. while they bring about ease to our lives, those courses are stealing whatever crucial from us.
Drawing on mental and neurological reports that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and delight are tied to appearing labor within the actual global, Carr unearths anything we already suspect: moving our consciousness to computing device displays can go away us disengaged and discontented.
From nineteenth-century fabric 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 effect of automation from a deeply human standpoint, interpreting the private in addition to the commercial outcomes of our starting to be dependence on computers.
With a attribute mixture of background and philosophy, poetry and technological know-how, Carr takes us on a trip from the paintings and early thought of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the most recent learn into human cognizance, reminiscence, and happiness, culminating in a relocating meditation on how we will use know-how to extend the human experience.
Nicholas Carr is one of the so much lucid, considerate, and helpful thinkers alive. He’s additionally superb corporation. The Glass Cage may be required studying for everybody with a cellphone. (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Artificial intelligence has that identify for a reason―it isn’t normal, it isn’t human. As Nicholas Carr argues so gracefully and convincingly during this vital, insightful e-book, it's time for individuals to regain the artwork of considering. it's time to invent an international the place machines are subservient to the desires and desires of humanity. (Don Norman, writer of items that Make Us clever and layout of daily issues, director of the college of California San Diego layout Lab)
Written with restricted objectivity, The Glass Cage is however frightening as any sci-fi mystery will 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 liable for the way forward for this negligible planet circling Sol; books like this one are wanted till we improve a suitable working guide. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, writer of circulate: The Psychology of optimum adventure, professor of psychology and administration, Claremont Graduate University)
Engaging, informative …Carr deftly contains challenging study and old advancements with philosophy and prose to depict how expertise is altering the best way we are living our lives. (Publishers Weekly)
Nick Carr is our such a lot expert, clever critic of expertise. considering the fact that we'll automate every little thing, Carr persuades us that we must always do it wisely―with conscious automation. Carr's human-centric technological destiny is one it's possible you'll truly are looking to dwell in. (Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for stressed journal and writer of What expertise Wants)
Most folks, 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 financial angles of our more and more difficult reliance on equipment and microchips to control nearly each point 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 instruments. (Booklist, Starred Review)
Fresh and robust. (Mark Bauerlein - Weekly Standard)
Nick Carr is the infrequent philosopher who knows that technological growth is either crucial and being concerned. The Glass Cage is a choice for know-how that enhances our human features, instead of exchanging them. (Clay Shirky, writer of the following Comes each person 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 means no renowned dialog on cloning will be had with no bringing to brain Michael Crichton's techno-jeremiad Jurassic Park, Carr's publication is located to stake out related 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 earlier, and the potential function that they could play in our future… The Glass Cage urges us to take a second, to take inventory, and to gain the cost that we’re paying―if no longer correct this moment, then definitely sooner or later within the future―in order to stay a existence that’s made more uncomplicated via expertise. (Elisabeth Donnelly - Flavorwire)
Helps us take pleasure in 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 refined and nuanced. (Evan Seliger - Forbes Magazine)
[A] deeply proficient mirrored image on desktop automation. (G. Pascal Zachary - San Francisco Chronicle)
Smart, insightful… paint[s] a portrait of a global without difficulty handing itself over to clever units. (Jacob Axelrad - Christian technological know-how 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 via automating our lives. (Christine Rosen, Democracy)
There were few cautionary voices like Nicholas Carr’s urging us to take inventory, specifically, of the results 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 - long island evaluate of Books)
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The corporate could satisfy the best of its pursuits: to automate the move of data into the brain. fail to remember the autocomplete services of Google recommend. With Glass in your forehead, Brin stated, echoing his colleague Ray Kurzweil, you will not need to seek the net in any respect. You wouldn’t need to formulate queries or style via effects or stick with trails of hyperlinks. “You’d simply have details come to you as you wanted it. ”21 To the computer’s omnipresence will be extra omniscience. Brin’s awkward presentation earned him the ridicule of know-how bloggers. nonetheless, he had some extent. Smartphones enchant, yet in addition they enervate. The human mind is incapable of targeting issues immediately. each look or swipe at a touchscreen attracts us clear of our quick atmosphere. With a phone in hand, we turn into a bit ghostly, wavering among worlds. humans have regularly been distractible, in fact. Minds wander. realization drifts. yet we’ve by no means carried on our individual a device that so insistently captivates our senses and divides our cognizance. by way of connecting us to a symbolic in other places, the cellphone, as Brin implied, exiles us from the right here and now. We lose the ability of presence. Brin’s coverage that tumbler might resolve the matter used to be much less convincing. doubtless there are occasions while having your palms unfastened whereas consulting a working laptop or computer or utilizing a digicam will be a bonus. yet peering right into a monitor that floats in entrance of you calls for no much less an funding of awareness than glancing at one held on your lap. it may possibly require extra. learn on pilots and drivers who use head-up screens unearths that after humans examine textual content or photos projected as an overlay at the setting, they develop into prone to “attentional tunneling. ” Their concentration narrows, their eyes repair at the reveal, they usually turn into oblivious to every little thing else happening of their box of view. 22 in a single scan, played in a flight simulator, pilots utilizing a head-up reveal in the course of a touchdown took longer to determine a wide aircraft obstructing the runway than did pilots who needed to look all the way down to payment their tool readings. of the pilots utilizing the head-up reveal by no means even observed the aircraft sitting without delay in entrance of them. 23 “Perception calls for either your eyes and your mind,” psychology professors Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris defined in a 2013 article at the hazards of Glass, “and in case your brain is engaged, you could miss out on whatever that may rather be totally visible. ”24 Glass’s exhibit is additionally, via layout, not easy to flee. soaring above your eye, it’s continually on the prepared, requiring yet a look to name into view. no less than a cell may be filled right into a pocket or purse, or slipped right into a car’s cup holder. the truth that you have interaction with Glass via spoken phrases, head hobbies, hand gestures, and finger faucets additional tightens its declare at the brain and senses. As for the audio signs that announce incoming signals and messages—sent, as Brin boasted in his TED speak, “right in the course of the bones on your cranium”—they infrequently look much less intrusive than the beeps and buzzes of a cell.