You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

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Something went wrong around the start of the 21st century. Individual creativity began to go out of fashion. Music became an endless rehashing of the past. Scientists were in danger of no longer understanding their own research. Indeed, not only was individual creativity old-fashioned but so were individuals themselves. The crowd was wise. Machines, specifically computers, were no longer tools to be used by human minds - they were better than humans. Welcome to the world of the digital revolution. Yet what if, despite Web 2.0, despite OpenSource, despite the wisdom of crowds, and the creation of Wikipedia, only people are meaningful? After all, when the printing press was invented, the mechanism was ultimately less impressive than the authors. What if, by devaluing individuals, we are deadening creativity, risking weaker design in engineering and science, losing democracy, and reducing development in every sphere? Jaron Lanier delivers a searing manifesto in support of the human and reflects on the good and bad developments in design and thought 20 years after the invention of the web.
This is a deeply felt defence of the individual from an author uniquely qualified to comment on the way technology interacts with our culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 20mm | 287g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Viking/Allen Lane
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 184614342X
  • 9781846143427
  • 304,348

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