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We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data By Curtis White,

  • Title: We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data
  • Author: Curtis White
  • ISBN: 9781612194561
  • Page: 354
  • Format: ebook
  • In the tradition of Jaron Lanier s You Are Not a Gadget, a rousing, sharply argued and, yes, inspiring reckoning with our blind faith in technology Can technology solve all our problems Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many of our most famous journalists, pundits, and economists seem to think so According to them, intelligent machines and big data willIn the tradition of Jaron Lanier s You Are Not a Gadget, a rousing, sharply argued and, yes, inspiring reckoning with our blind faith in technology Can technology solve all our problems Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many of our most famous journalists, pundits, and economists seem to think so According to them, intelligent machines and big data will free us from work, educate our children, transform our environment, and even make religion user friendly This is the story they re telling us that we should stop worrying and love our robot future But just because you tell a story over and over again doesn t make it true Curtis White, one of our most brilliant and perceptive social critics, knows all about the danger of a seductive story, and in We, Robots, he tangles with the so called thinkers who are convinced that the future is rose colored and robotically enhanced With tremendous erudition and a punchy wit, White argues that we must be skeptical of anyone who tries to sell us on technological inevitability And he gives us an alternative set of stories taking inspiration from artists as disparate as Sufjan Stevens, Lars von Trier, and Fran ois Rabelais, White shows us that by looking to art, we can imagine a different kind of future No robots required.From the Hardcover edition.
    We Robots Staying Human in the Age of Big Data In the tradition of Jaron Lanier s You Are Not a Gadget a rousing sharply argued and yes inspiring reckoning with our blind faith in technology Can technology solve all our problems Despite overwh

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    1. Take this review with a grain of salt I did not finish the book.I was, however, immediately struck with how disrespectful and arrogant of a tone White strikes from even the introductory paragraphs White writes with the same self assurance and dismissive style that one sees in works of his nemesis Richard Dawkins Like reading Dawkins, if you are not already a total convert to his message, you will be liable to be annoyed than convinced by the content of this book Full disclosure nearly a decade [...]

    2. 2.5 stars.This was a difficult book for me to review but here it goes This is the rather simplistic best I can do Some the things I likedI do agree that today belief in the scientific view and the objectivity of it has become as faith based and often as non objective as various religious views Those beliefs have created some questionable delusions such as disbelief in climate change, overuse of antibiotics and pesticides, obsession with technology as the ultimate reality and a culture of sterili [...]

    3. Strangely paced, disorganized, and filled with unnecessary referential rabbit holes, this book is not worth your time Two stars because there are some good ideas in here, just not enough to justify everything else.

    4. There are some promising lines of questioning the current tech capitalist narrative, with some good insights and poignant lines, but there is just too much shouting and too few arguments White is a card carrying left radical, with the mandatory style and diet of French authors, spiced up with Zizeklike references to films, pop culture and political anecdote The book is disorganized, the occasional references to Hegel and Nietzsche utterly pointless, the criticisms of Cowen, Brooks, E O Wilson et [...]

    5. Normally, when I read a book, I know what I m getting myself into I ve either read the jacket copy or gotten a recommendation, so, by the time I crack it open, I m in the right mood I was not prepared to read We, Robots Staying Human in the Age of Big Data, because I thought I was going to read an entirely different book.After reading The Reputation Economy, you think you know what to expect in a book about Big Data But Curtis White s book heads in a different direction He takes issue with those [...]

    6. This was a painful read The prose was convoluted, extremely emotionally opinionated as if there was a vendetta to be had , which made the author appear as a disgruntled curmudgeon stuck in 1960s rebel mode The book has no index which would have been vastly helpful given all the mentioning of other people and their works , and the author s unreliable naming such as referring to robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks as David Brooks made me wonder what other casual references were inaccurate Speaking of r [...]

    7. While initially off put by the Curtis White s techno pessimism, I was bedazzled by his vivid prose and wide ranging subject matter.Money botThe first idea that he puts forth is that in the future when work is dominated by intelligent machines there will be people whose skills are complementary to intelligent machines techies while the existing middle class will be relegated to an Entourage Economy of people who provide services for the tech elite This new world of hyper income inequality will fo [...]

    8. My largest issue with books of philosophy which this book is being sold as and social criticism which this book accurately can be described as is that the issues are made clear but rarely are there solutions proposed White does point out that solving problems is not philosophy s goal, but he manages to propose some good, albeit lofty, solutions to the problems of our era of big data The proposal return to the playfulness of art in the tradition of the Romantics, which White traces to the contem [...]

    9. This book was a real waste of time It is a convoluted rants about a world where robots will take all our jobs It does little to really delve into how this would transform our world There is clearly both an upside and downside I continued to read the book thinking that the author would present some kind of alternative, but instead he meandered about with various philosophical thoughts that only tangentially related to the topic at hand This is an important topic, however, this book does little to [...]

    10. Like characters in Greek tragedy, we seem fated to push technology towards its ultimate degree as if we were possessed by malignant gods We call these gods curiosity and creativity and reason and progress , but when these words are perverted by technocrats, they are like the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

    11. This book, I will be returning to again and again, if for no other reason than to re read White s description of real social deviants Such a relief.

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