Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

by Kentaro Toyama


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610395281
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 589,982
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. Previously, he was cofounder and assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India. Toyama graduated from Yale with a PhD in Computer Science and from Harvard with a bachelor's in Physics. He was born in Tokyo and raised in both Japan and the United States. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 No Laptop Left Behind 3

Conflicting Results in Educational Technology

Chapter 2 The Law of Amplification 17

A Simple but Powerful Theory of Technology's Social Impact

Chapter 3 Geek Myths Debunked 38

Dispelling Misguided Belief About Technology

Chapter 4 Shrink-Wfapped Quick Fixes 57

Technology as an Exemplar of the Packaged Intervention

Chapter 5 Technocratic Orthodoxy 74

The Pervasive Biases of Modern Do-Gooding

Chapter 6 Amplifying People 103

The Importance of Heart, Mind, and Will

Chapter 7 A Different Kind of Upgrade 122

Human Development Before Technology Development

Chapter 8 Hierarchy of Aspirations 151

The Evolution of Intrinsic Motivation

Chapter 9 "Gross National Wisdom" 172

Societal Development and Mass Intrinsic Growth

Chapter 10 Nurturing Change 192

Mentorship as a Social-Cause Paradigm

Conclusion 211

Acknowledgments 219

Appendix: Highlighted Nonprofits 223

Notes 225

References 279

Index 315

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