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The People vs Tech

Jamie Bartlett

The People vs Tech

by Jamie Bartlett

The People vs Tech

Jamie Bartlett

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As Silicon Valley's tech innovations infiltrate our minds and worlds at breakneck speed, Jamie Bartlett contemplates the negative consequences for Western democracies and proposes solutions.

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The People vs Tech

by Jamie Bartlett

The People vs Tech

Jamie Bartlett

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Skynet. Sound familiar? That's the company building evil cyborgs in The Terminator. Meanwhile, DeepMind and MindSphere are contemporary companies in the real world, leading the way in digital technology funded by megarich visionaries like Google. Cyborgs might not be on the horizon, but digital tech threatens our democracies, specifically, the long-established modern liberal democracies of the West.

Jamie Bartlett is an author, journalist, and podcaster who covers the impact of technology on society. In The People Vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Save It), Bartlett breaks down the key characteristics of Silicon Valley's digital breakthroughs. By exploring AI, big data, social media, cryptocurrency, and mobile technology, Bartlett explains how these innovations are incompatible with the key characteristics of democracy.

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"Democracy is analogue rather than digital. And any vision of the future that runs contrary to the reality of people's lives and wishes can only end in disaster."

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