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Digital is destroying everything : what the tech giants won't tell you about how robots, big data, and algorithms are radically remaking your future

by Edwards, Andrew V., 1956-

Format: Print Book 2015
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction T14.5.E385 2015
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  T14.5.E385 2015
Every year, perhaps even every week, there is some new gadget, device, service, or other digital offering intended to make our lives easier, better, more fun, or more instantaneous--making it that much harder to question how anything digital can be bad for us. Digital has created some wonderful things and we can hardly imagine life without them. But digital--the most relentless social and economic juggernaut humanity has unleashed in centuries--is also destroying much we had taken for granted. And what is your place in this brave new world? In Digital Is Destroying Everything, futurist and digital marketing consultant Andrew Edwards tours the "blasted heath" digital is leaving behind and takes a fearless look at the troubled landscape that may lie ahead. The book is not, despite its title, a dystopian rant against all things digital and technological. Instead, expect to find a lively investigation into the ways digital has opened us to new and sometimes quite wonderful experiences, driven down costs for consumers, and given information a chance to be free. But the book also takes a clear-eyed look at many of the good (and sometimes bad) things--businesses and behaviors--digital has destroyed, and how the world may be diminished, compromised, and altered forever in its wake. This tour of the effects of digital technologies on our lives is sure to raise questions, touch a nerve, and enlighten even the most dedicated digital enthusiasts.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Futurist and digital-marketing consultant Edwards uses digital' to describe IT without ranting, but rather exploring. Stating, Digital entrepreneurs . . . with the Darwinistic ethos of Silicon Valley . . . seem to believe their achievements approach a condition of natural law driven by their . . . gold rather than the digital utopia they . . . suggest they're creating. He sees piracy as seriously compromising cultural arts, yet also perceives a micro-fan-based business model that is more successful than stadium concerts. While mourning newsprint shrinkage, he claims, digital took away the ad dollars newspapers took away the news by cutting resources, yet acknowledges that one cannot readily share articles from newsprint while digital news thrives in the virtual space of global social-media interaction. Perhaps most tellingly, Edwards analyzes Amazon's customer relationship value with its first mover business model: investor-subsidized low prices increase the number of buyers and destroy competitors, thus allowing the first mover, as the remaining source, to raise prices almost at will. Hence, digital-market hegemony via global reach is the long game, which is harmful to consumers. A thought-provoking and controversial analysis.--Scott, Whitney Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Digital marketing executive Edwards has some valid, if familiar, points to make about the wide-ranging effects of digital communications technology. According to Edwards, the ever-growing role of the online world has crippled brick and mortar retail, endangered the future of cities, weakened human connections, exterminated privacy, and made perpetual underemployment almost inevitable-and that's just a partial list. Edwards does acknowledge the hyperbole of the title and the book's general thrust; the penultimate chapter makes an effort to enumerate how the interconnected world has changed lives for the better. He notes how hard some things were before the digital revolution, and believes that it's "possible that digital is the equivalent of agriculture in the evolution of the species." Despite this effort at balance, readers will come away with a growing sense of unease at how insidiously digital advances have invaded our lives and modes of thinking. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Automation -- Social aspects.
Technology -- Social aspects.
Internet -- Social aspects.
Electronic data processing -- Social aspects.
Publisher Lanham [Maryland] :2015
Language English
Description xiii, 232 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781442246515
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