We, Robots

In the culture of Jaron Lanier’s You are usually not a Gadget, a rousing, sharply argued—and, certain, inspiring!—reckoning with our blind religion in technology
 
Can expertise remedy all our difficulties? regardless of overwhelming proof on the contrary, a lot of our most famed newshounds, pundits, and economists appear to imagine so. in accordance with them, “intelligent machines” and large information will loose us from paintings, train our youngsters, remodel the environment, or even make faith extra elementary. this is often the tale they’re telling us: that we should always cease caring and love our robotic future.

yet simply because you inform a narrative time and again doesn’t make it actual. Curtis White, one in all our such a lot extraordinary and perceptive social critics, understands all concerning the possibility of a seductive tale, and in We, Robots, he tangles with the so-called thinkers who're confident that the longer term is rose-colored and automatically greater.

With great erudition and a punchy wit, White argues that we needs to be skeptical of a person who attempts to promote us on technological inevitability. And he provides us another set of reports: taking concept from artists as disparate as Sufjan Stevens, Lars von Trier, and François Rabelais, White exhibits us that through seeking to paintings, we will think a special type of destiny.

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