World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence. Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace...

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  • Tess Pfeifle
    Mark Crispin Miller says in his essay "Big Brother is You Watching", more or less, that no expression can wholly escape the moment that created it. Foer's, "World Without Mind" is no exception to that. However, the book acknowledges something important - the threat of big tech is not "new." I partic...
  • Gary Moreau
    As a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the former editor of The New Republic, Franklin Foer has had more than a front row seat during the battle between the digital and the print world over knowledge. He has been in the fray and has the scars to prove it.He is, as a result, more than a lit...
  • Ietrio
    An old man and his fears. The good old times were better. But the old man is not smart enough to know the old times were better because they were past, hence easy to manage.Otherwise, a mindless primitivist statement. Same concerns were generated at every new item in the life of humans. The industri...
  • Charles
    Franklin Foer’s “World Without Mind” is an excellent book. It identifies important problems, ties the problems to their historical precedents, and suggests some reasonable solutions. The book is not complete, or perfect, but in the emerging literature of why and how to curb the power ...
  • Marks54
    How to begin on this well-intended but not very successful effort at painting the dark side of Internet dominance by such firms as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and the like?- Oh Brave New World that has such platforms in it!Or perhaps ...- Former editor of the New Republic used to be a fan of th...
  • Anita Pomerantz
    While I confess that I didn't agree with much of this book, I found it to be fascinating.Foer basically argues that companies that are dominating data collection (namely Facebook, Google, and Amazon) are monopolies because they are able to use that data to (unfairly) compete. He is critical of the f...
  • Murtaza
    The proliferation of information on social media combined with the massive amounts of data being raked in by tech companies every day is eroding democracy, as well as the refined culture represented by traditional journalism and writing. Reflecting on the popular sentiment that "data is the new oil,...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Silicon Valley dreams of merging mind and machine. If, however, minds merge with machines it will also merge with the corporations that provide the platforms for those machines and corporations dream of monopoly. Monopolies love homogeneity and reliable revenue streams and finally control. This unpl...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    I’ve read some criticism of Foer and this book that it’s mainly an outgrowth of his bitterness about being fired from his job as editor of The New Republic (bitterness which he admits has lingered) and his being anti technology. It does certainly seem that in 2017 if you do not 100% worshi...

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