How to Fix the Future

How to Fix the Future

by Andrew Keen

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ISBN-13: 9780802126641
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 335,289
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of three previous books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He is also a serial tech entrepreneur who has founded many startups including Audiocafe, AfterTV and the Silicon Valley innovation salon Futurecast.

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Having spent the last decade writing critically about the Digital Revolution, I've been called everything from a Luddite and a curmudgeon to the "Antichrist of Silicon Valley." At first, I was part of a small group of dissenting authors who challenged the conventional wisdom about the Internet's beneficial impact on society. But, over the last few years, as the zeitgeist has zigged from optimism to pessimism about our technological future, so more and more pundits have joined our ranks. Now everyone, it seems, is penning polemics against surveillance capitalism, big data monopolists, the echo chamber politics of social media, irresponsible Silicon Valley billionaires, fake news, online anger and loneliness, mass technological unemployment, digital addiction and the existential risk of smart algorithms. The world has caught up with my arguments. Nobody calls me the Antichrist any more.

Timing—as I know all too well from my day job as a serial entrepreneur of mostly ill-timed startups—is everything. Having written three books exposing the dark side of the digital revolution, the time is now right to write something more positive. So, rather than yet another noxious screed against contemporary technology, what you are about to read offers what I hope are constructive answers to the myriad of digital questions on the horizon. To borrow a fashionable Silicon Valley word, it represents a pivot in my writing career. This is a solutions book. It's obvious that the future needs to be fixed. The question now is how to fix it.

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