Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur and the author of three books: The Internet Is Not the Answer (2015), Digital Vertigo: How Today's Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us (2012), and Cult of the Amateur: How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture (2007). In 1995, he founded Audiocafe.com and built it into a popular first generation Internet company. Keen is currently the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast, a senior fellow at CALinnovates, the host of the Keen On Techonomy chat show, and a columnist for CNN.
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The hidden negatives outweigh the positives. Under our noses, one of the biggest ever shifts in power between people and big institutions is taking place, disguised in the language of inclusion and transparency.
In my upcoming new book, <em>The Internet Is Not the Answer</em>, I argue that the networked revolution has, so far, been an enormous failure.
Andrew Keen, a twenty-year veteran of the tech industry, traces the technological and economic history of the Internet from its founding in the 1960s through the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity, and investigates how the Internet is reconfiguring our worldoften at great cost.
Andrew Keen is known as the Antichrist of Silicon Valley. He calls Google a monster, Uber a bad idea and wants governments to regulate both.
Rather than the answer to our contemporary problems, the Internet, that human-computer symbiosis that J. C. R. Licklider believed would save humanity, is actually diminishing most aspects of our lives.
In a panel discussion on personal data collection and the internet, Andrew Keen argues that Facebook, Google, and the rest reduce and trivialize us by treating people exclusively as consumers, as data.
The fact that something hasn’t happened yet doesn’t rule out the chance that it will. Given the unrelenting logic of Moore’s Law, it’s just common sense, and anyone who says they don’t see that is either willfully ignorant, or woefully naïve.
The vision of a luxury automated tomorrow is giving way to an altogether darker prospect in which algorithms make the professional classes redundant. Andrew Keen reveals how to join the elite who are on the right side of artificial intelligence.
The real question, of course, is whether what Google wants is what we want too. Do we really want Google digesting so much intimate data about us? Could iGoogle actually be a remix of "1984's" Room 101 — that Orwellian dystopia in which our most secret desires and most repressed fears are revealed?