New Dark Age
Paperback $22.99 - Bloomsbury
Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs - Published: 5/Aug/2019 - ISBN: 9781786635488
We live in times of increasing inscrutability. Our news feeds are filled with unverified, unverifiable speculation, much of it automatically generated by anonymous software. As a result, we no longer understand what is happening around us. Underlying all of these trends is a single idea- the belief that quantitative data can provide a coherent model of the world. Yet the sheer volume of information available to us today reveals less than we hope. Rather, it heralds a new Dark Age- a world of ever-increasing incomprehension. James Bridle offers us a warning against the future in which the promise of a new technologically assisted Enlightenment may just deliver its opposite- an age of complex uncertainty, predictive algorithms, surveillance, and the hollowing out of empathy.
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