The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
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Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on technology and culture. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
To wrap up our Thinker in Residence series, Nicholas Carr answers a few quick questions on business and books. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Nicholas Carr tells us what, exactly, automation is and considers how we can use it more wisely to more fully experience life instead of escape it. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The culling process we undertake during the awards process is always rigorous, but we've narrowed it down to 40 books—5 each in 8 categories. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards category winners (and shortlist for the best book of the year) 2014. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Douglas Rushkoff, in his usual expansive and incredibly erudite manner, dissects the digital economy and points a more considered way forward. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore how tightly people's happiness and satisfaction are tied to performing hard work in the real world, Carr reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented.
From nineteenth-century textile mills to the cockpits of modern jets, from the frozen hunting grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective, examining the personal as well as the economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers.
With a characteristic blend of history and philosophy, poetry and science, Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.