How to Fix the Future
by Keen, Andrew







Preface: An Internet of Peoplexi
Introduction: We've Been Here Before1(7)
1 More's Law
8(21)
2 Five Tools for Fixing the Future
29(23)
3 What Is Broken
52(21)
4 Utopia: A Case Study (Book One)
73(28)
5 Utopia: A Case Study (Book Two)
101(25)
6 Regulation
126(39)
7 Competitive Innovation
165(28)
8 Social Responsibility
193(33)
9 Worker and Consumer Choice
226(32)
10 Education
258(29)
Conclusion: Our Kids287(8)
Acknowledgments295(2)
Notes297(22)
Index319


A leading Internet commentator and author of The Cult of the Amateur showcases global solutions for preserving the fundamentals of humanity and civilized society in an increasingly perilous digital world.





Andrew Keen is one of the world's best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of three previous books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He is also a serial tech entrepreneur who has founded many startups including Audiocafe, AfterTV and the Silicon Valley innovation salon Futurecast.





When innovators created the World Wide Web, they envisioned a free sharing of ideas and information. What they didn't foresee was a takeover by four giants (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google) and the release of unedited and unsubstantiated news. Keen (The Internet Is Not the Answer, 2015), who has spent his career warning of the dangers of the Internet, takes a more positive turn in this complex yet accessible study. Comparing our current situation to the Industrial Revolution, he stresses the importance of keeping humanity at the center of technology. He travels to Estonia, Singapore, India, Germany, China, and Oakland to interview major players in the technological world. Keen's quest inspired him to formulate a five-part cure for our online woes, including government or legal regulation, competitive innovation, citizen social responsibility, consumer choice, and education. The key, according to Keen, is to return trust and transparency to the mix, along with political and social change. He feels that the upcoming generation ultimately will overturn our current business models and reform the digital world to make it accountable and trustworthy. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.





A leading critic of the internet finds encouraging signs of reform.Silicon Valley veteran and GQ columnist Keen (The Internet Is Not the Answer, 2015, etc.) argues that "we humans must seize back control of our own fate" amid the "bewilderingly fast change" of the digital age. In this engaging, provocative book, he outlines five strategies—regulation, competitive innovation, consumer choice, civic responsibility, and education—that, working in collaboration, can help ensure an open, decentralized digital future. Drawing on nearly 100 interviews, the author describes the work of individuals around the world to counter the negative effects of "vast digital monopolies and the pervasive culture of online surveillance." All illustrate his reform strategies in action. Keen's bright overview includes conversations with innovators in Estonia and Singapore—international hubs of digital reform—who are working to re-establish trust and agency in cyberspace life; with Mitch and Freada Kapor, leaders of Oakland's "ethical technology movement," aimed at countering Silicon Valley's "mostly corrosive indifference to the impact of its disruption on the world around it"; and with Hollywood producer Jonathan Taplin, who encourages musicians and filmmakers to resist new models and practices that deny them income. Cambridge philosopher Huw Price argues venture capitalists must "use moral criterion to determine their investments in the AI space." While railing against "addictive apps like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram" and Silicon Valley leaders "mostly lacking in empathy or responsibility" and devoid of "civic engagement" in their philanthropy, Keen celebrates such startups as an online networking platform that connects former prisoners with job opportunities. He also writes that Waldorf schools and other humanistic teaching traditions have key roles to play in reasserting human values. There is nothing new about his reform strategies, wr i tes Keen; they have been used to meet earlier disruptions, including the 19th-century industrial revolution. Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





Having spent the last decade writing critically about the Digital Revolution, I've been called everything from a Luddite and a curmudgeon to the "Antichrist of Silicon Valley." At first, I was part of a small group of dissenting authors who challenged the conventional wisdom about the Internet's beneficial impact on society. But, over the last few years, as the zeitgeist has zigged from optimism to pessimism about our technological future, so more and more pundits have joined our ranks. Now everyone, it seems, is penning polemics against surveillance capitalism, big data monopolists, the echo chamber politics of social media, irresponsible Silicon Valley billionaires, fake news, online anger and loneliness, mass technological unemployment, digital addiction and the existential risk of smart algorithms. The world has caught up with my arguments. Nobody calls me the Antichrist any more.Timing-as I know all too well from my day job as a serial entrepreneur of mostly ill-timed startups-is everything. Having written three books exposing the dark side of the digital revolution, the time is now right to write something more positive. So, rather than yet another noxious screed against contemporary technology, what you are about to read offers what I hope are constructive answers to the myriad of digital questions on the horizon. To borrow a fashionable Silicon Valley word, it represents a pivot in my writing career. This is a solutions book. It's obvious that the future needs to be fixed. The question now is how to fix it.






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