The Glass Cage Where Automation is Taking Us

by Nicholas Carr

Popular Science The Real World

The Glass Cage Where Automation is Taking Us Synopsis

In The Glass Cage, leading commentator on technology and culture Nicholas Carr shows how automation - in the form of decision-making algorithms - now permeates every aspect of our lives and the radical effects this is having on our ability to learn and make decisions. In May 2009 an Airbus A330 passenger jet equipped with the latest 'glass cockpit' controls plummeted 30,000 feet into the Atlantic. The reason for the crash: the autopilot had routinely switched itself off. In fact, 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, while the principle of automation - that humans are inefficient - is self-fulfilling. The glass cockpit is becoming a glass cage. In this utterly engrossing expose, bestselling writer Nicholas Carr reveals how automation is affecting our ability to solve problems, forge memories and acquire skills. Rather than rejecting technology, Carr argues that we must urgently rethink its role in our lives, using it to enhance rather than diminish the extraordinary abilities that make us human.

The Glass Cage Where Automation is Taking Us Press Reviews

'Nicholas Carr is among the most lucid, thoughtful and necessary thinkers alive. The Glass Cage should be required reading for everyone with a phone' -- Jonathan Safran Foer

 

'Written with restrained objectivity, The Glass Cage is nevertheless as scary as any sci-fi thriller could be' -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

 

'Nicholas Carr is the rare thinker who understands that technological progress is both essential and worrying. The Glass Cage is a call for technology that complements our human capabilities, rather than replacing them' -- Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody

 

'A very necessary book, that we ignore at our peril. I read it without putting it down' -- Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary

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ISBN: 9781847923080
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847923080
Publication date: 15th January 2015
Author: Nicholas Carr
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Genres: Popular Science, The Real World,
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About Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee and a New York Times bestseller, as well as two other influential books, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008) and Does IT Matter? (2004). His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. (www.nicholascarr.com)

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