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For many older Americans, automaton first arrived in their lives in the form of sci-fi film robots and newspaper stories about production lines. Today, in the golden age of smartphones and Google search, there is no avoiding it. Nicholas Carr's The Glass Cage asks us to step back from the stories about self-driving cars and retail delivery drones to ponder the effects that all this remoteness has and will have on real people. With a penetrating exploration, he shows that the impact of automation on humans extends into every area of our lives; from our psychological satisfaction to our economic wellbeing. Like his Pulitzer Prize finalist The Shallows, this book asks hard questions about digital matters that we now take as givens.