The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

PublicAffairs #ad - Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit--at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future. With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future--if we let it.

Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets, " where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification. The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital.

The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth. Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power #ad - . The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism, " and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism.

Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight.


How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Melville House #ad - Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, reimagine humankind’s role in the environment, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, she writes, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. A new york times bestseller **"a complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto.

Jonah engel bromwich, the new york times book reviewone of president barack obama's "favorite books of 2019"named one of the best books of the year by: time • the new yorker • npr • gq • elle • vulture • Fortune • Boing Boing • The Irish Times • The New York Public Library • The Brooklyn Public LibraryPorchlight's Personal Development & Human Behavior Book of the YearNothing is harder to do these days than nothing.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy #ad - . Doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity. Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism.

. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent. Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have.


AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - The new york times, usa today, and wall street journal bestsellerdr. Is universal basic income the solution? In Lee’s opinion, probably not. But he provides  a clear description of which jobs will be affected and how soon, and most importantly, which jobs can be enhanced with AI, how we can provide solutions to some of the most profound changes in human history that are coming soon.

But lee predicts that chinese and American AI will have a strong impact on white-collar jobs as well. Most experts already say that AI will have a devastating impact on blue-collar jobs. Indeed, as the us-sino ai competition begins to heat up, Lee urges the US and China to both accept and to embrace the great responsibilities that come with significant technological power.

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order #ad - . Kai-fu lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace. In ai superpowers, kai-fu lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us expected.


The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire

Bloomsbury Publishing #ad - Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London. The anarchy tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends.

One of president barack obama's favorite books of the yearnamed a best book of the year by the wall street journal and npr “superb … A vivid and richly detailed story … worth reading by everyone. The new york times book reviewfrom the bestselling author of Return of a King, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire #ad - In august 1765, in his place, the east india company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power.

Using previously untapped sources, dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.


Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Penguin Books #ad - Then there is the even more unsettling realization that Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are unable or unwilling to share his concerns, polite as they may be to his face. Soon he and a dream team of silicon valley technologists are charging into the fray, to raise consciousness about the existential threat of Facebook, and the persuasion architecture of the attention economy more broadly -- to our public health and to our political order.

Zucked is both an enthralling personal narrative and a masterful explication of the forces that have conspired to place us all on the horns of this dilemma. Still a large shareholder in Facebook, he had every good reason to stay on the bright side. First there is the author's dawning realization that the platform is being manipulated by some very bad actors.

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe #ad - . Like jimmy stewart in rear window, roger mcnamee happened to be in the right place to witness a crime, and it took him some time to make sense of what he was seeing and what we ought to do about it. He had mentored many tech leaders in his illustrious career as an investor, or been better for his fund's bottom line, but few things had made him prouder, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg.

This is the story of a company and its leadership, just at a moment of political and cultural crisis, but it's also a larger tale of a business sector unmoored from normal constraints, the worst possible time to be given new tools for summoning the darker angels of our nature and whipping them into a frenzy.

And then comes the election of donald Trump, and the emergence of one horrific piece of news after another about the malign ends to which the Facebook platform has been put. It's a story that begins with a series of rude awakenings.


The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

Basic Books #ad - He assembles a blueprint for the future universal learner--the Master Algorithm--and discusses what it will mean for business, science, and society. In the master algorithm, amazon, pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, and your smartphone. If data-ism is today's philosophy, this book is its bible.

. A thought-provoking and wide-ranging exploration of machine learning and the race to build computer intelligences as flexible as our ownIn the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask.


Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable, and Smart

Oxford University Press #ad - We are connected to the news media, and to each other, to our jobs, 24 hours a day. But, as jennifer rauch argues in this book, the concept of sustainable media has taken hold and continues to gain momentum. Today we recognize that we have a different relationship to media technology--and to information more broadly--than we had even five years ago.

In eight chapters, rauch offers a model of sustainable media that is slow, green, and mindful. She examines the principles of the Slow Food movement--humanism, simplicity, localism, self-reliance, and fairness--and applies them to the use and production of media. It has the potential to transform the way we produce and use media by nurturing a media ecosystem that is more satisfying for people, and more sustainable for the planet.

Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable, and Smart #ad - Challenging the perception that digital media is necessarily eco-friendly, she examines green media, which offers an alternative to a current commodities system that produces electronic waste and promotes consumption of nonrenewable resources. This group--which includes many technologists and young people--believes that current practices of digital media production and consumption are unsustainable, and works to promote alternate ways of living.

Until recently, sustainable media practices have been mostly overlooked, or thought of as a counterculture. Slow media is not merely a lifestyle choice, she argues, but has potentially great implications for our communities and for the natural world. Lastly, she draws attention to mindfulness in media practice-- "mindful emailing" or "contemplative computing>, " for example--arguing that media has significant impacts on human health and psychological wellbeing.

Slow media will ultimately help readers understand the complex and surprising relationships between everyday media choices, human well-being, and the natural world.


The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

Riverhead Books #ad - Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well. Treuer's powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation's past. New york times book review, front pageA sweeping history—and counter-narrative—of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

The received idea of native american history—as promulgated by books like Dee Brown's mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee—has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Growing up ojibwe on a reservation in minnesota, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, training as an anthropologist, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present #ad - S. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. Conscription in the us military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance.

Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. The heartbeat of wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era. Because they did not disappear—and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their families, their traditions, and their very existence—the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.


The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism

Penguin Books #ad - Today’s “managerial” capitalism has grown hopelessly out of touch with the people it should be serving. The support economy explores the chasm between people and corporations and reveals a new society of individuals who seek relationships of advocacy and trust that provide support for their complex lives.

Unlocking the wealth of these new markets can unleash the next great wave of wealth creation, but it requires a radically new approach—“distributed” capitalism. The support economy is a call to action for every citizen who cares about the future.


The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation

Princeton University Press #ad - As carl benedikt frey shows, the industrial Revolution created unprecedented wealth and prosperity over the long run, but the immediate consequences of mechanization were devastating for large swaths of the population. The technology trap demonstrates that in the midst of another technological revolution, the lessons of the past can help us to more effectively face the present.

How the history of technological revolutions can help us better understand economic and political polarization in the age of automation From the Industrial Revolution to the age of artificial intelligence, The Technology Trap takes a sweeping look at the history of technological progress and how it has radically shifted the distribution of economic and political power among society’s members.

Today’s despairing middle class has not resorted to physical force, but their frustration has led to rising populism and the increasing fragmentation of society. In the nineteenth century, workers violently expressed their concerns over machines taking their jobs. But frey argues that this depends on how the short term is managed.

The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation #ad - These trends, broadly mirror those in our current age of automation, Frey documents, which began with the Computer Revolution. Just as the industrial revolution eventually brought about extraordinary benefits for society, artificial intelligence systems have the potential to do the same. Middle-income jobs withered, the labor share of income fell, profits surged, wages stagnated, and economic inequality skyrocketed.

As middle-class jobs continue to come under pressure, there’s no assurance that positive attitudes to technology will persist.


We Live in Water: Stories

Harper Perennial #ad - This is a world of lost fathers and redemptive conmen, of meth tweakers on desperate odysseys and men committing suicide by fishing. We live in water is a darkly comic, heartfelt collection of stories from a “ridiculously talented writer” New York Times, “one of the freshest voices in American literature” Dallas Morning News.

One of president barack obama’s favorite books of 2019from the new york times bestselling author of beautiful ruins, the first collection of short fiction from jess walter—a suite of diverse and searching stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit, McSweeney’s, from hip Portland to once-hip Seattle to never-hip Spokane, Playboy, The Best American Short Stories, keen eye, and other publications—veer from comic tales of love to social satire to suspenseful crime fiction, and generosity of spirit that has made him a bookseller and reader favoriteThese twelve stories—published over the last five years in Harper’s, from a condemned casino in Las Vegas to a bottomless lake in the dark woods of Idaho.