To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly Of Technological Solutionism (2013)
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism (2013)
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3.65 of 5 Votes: 4
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1610391381 (ISBN13: 9781610391382)
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For all the author's protestations, this is a profoundly conservative tract that only hangs together because of the constant use of refuge in reductio ad absurdum. Like most such conservative thought, at it's heart is the assumption that people are incapable of adopting and using something new in moderation, or balanced against other approaches. Therefore, pretty much anything the internet can do is to be feared because, so the author contends, it will eradicate the old and established. Gamification, for example, replaces civic virtue with shallow reward. No doubt this would be true if it were to be used to e.g encourage voting to the exclusion of all else, but who supposes that the existing motivations to vote will simply vanish because the option exists to gamify voting? In the end, while some could take this book as a reason not to boldly go forth and solve life's niggling problems, ultimately, for me, this book serves as a reminder that human's, in the end, adapt technology to make life better, and at each step along the way, yes, there are trade-offs, unintended consequences cause collateral damage, but ultimately, we work through those issues and we do arrive at a better place. I doubt many cavemen would chose to stay in the cave after experiencing all of our modern conveniences. Don't misunderstand, the book did not directly remind me of this, the book presents a darker view, I'm reminded of this having read the book and then looked again at reality--reminded that things aren't as the book suggest--we aren't swirling around an edge of a drain being pulled in by technological solutionism. One could have said this when fire was first used as an artificial way to stay warm, we found ways to control it, and the human species is better off.People won't just submit to the tyranny of technology, to a technological overlord, we'll reject those solutions that control us...ultimately.Having said that, this book definitely makes you question Silicon Valley's solutions to our everyday problems. Every solution presents its own problems, sometimes the unintended consequences of those solutions create bigger problems than they solve--we as engineers need to do more than simply produce solutions--we also need to own the potential impact, including collateral damage.According to the author, many of the touted new solutions like gamification and crowdsourcing aren't as new as we think, and therefore, they can't be the automatic, revolutionary fix we are looking for.This is a must read for those obsessed with sharing their self quantification (data sexuals)--the author definitely challenges the value of doing so, while providing a balanced set of reasons why it may hurt more than it helps.I found balance in the authors discussion of Nudge (Sunstein & Thayler)--coverage that I personally liked. Nudging, like "precrime" detection, will definitely back fire.The author relentlessly takes various luminaries from the Internet to task (especially Clay Shirky), working to refute their claims. The tone is rough, like 100 grit sandpaper, making it hard to keep reading, but read I did.
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Esth2000
Just watched an interview with Morozov. I can't wait to get my hands on this one.
Amira
I don't always love the tone, but it's a thought-provoking read.
Ashbug
کتاب جدید موروزوف. باید خوند.
Billy
Good one... but not so good as The Net Delusion.
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