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James Bridle

New Dark Age

by James Bridle

New Dark Age

James Bridle

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James Bridle's New Dark Age examines humankind's widespread reliance upon technology, and the dangers this poses to how we think, act, and survive.

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New Dark Age

by James Bridle

New Dark Age

James Bridle

Overview

Technology is present in every aspect of our modern lives, and we rely upon it for practically everything. This, however, comes with serious consequences. As our computers have become more capable, we have become less capable of understanding them.

James Bridle is a literary editor, writer, artist, technologist, and journalist who contributed to WIRED, The Atlantic, and TEDx among others.

In New Dark Age, Bridle unpacks the 20th-century idea that technology can create solutions to any of humankind's problems, examining this concept's failure in a modern world, and the ways in which it hinders our ability to comprehend some of the issues we currently face. Technology threatens us in many ways, but, if we learn to understand it, could it still hold the answers we need?

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"We're all looking at the world and seeing radically different things. And we have built ourselves a system that reinforces that effect, an automated populism that gives people what they want, all of the time."

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