Reaction to Carr’s Book, the Glass Cage: Automation and US
As a result, humans are becoming less capable as we rely increasingly on technology. This is the thesis of a new book, The Glass Cage, by US technology writer Nicholas Carr, whose previous work has included the popular essay “Is Google Making us Stupid?”. He argues that our jobs and lives are being impoverished by our dependence on computers and automation.
Once again, it is a pity that Lanier doesn't connect his discussion to others who have worked in this area, such as Brynjolfsson and McAfee (2011; 2014).
As always, we fear that innovative technology will disrupt the labour market. Although, history teaches us that we should expect growth of new forms of jobs, this time the creative destruction seems to be one on steroids.
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.
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