Andrew Keen is one of the world's best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is an internet entrepreneur and the author of “How To Fix The Future,” which was released in February. Keen is the executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast and an acclaimed public speaker around the world. In 2015, he was named one of the “100 Most Connected Men” by GQ Magazine.
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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?
“History, Keen says, is the best guide to overcoming technology’s discontents. The United States and Europe were ‘reasonably effective’ in responding to an earlier tech crisis — the industrial revolution.”
“With his new book, Keen switches from sarcasm to a kind of pragmatic optimism. Our digital future can be shaped in more humane directions, he argues. But for that to happen we need to be realistic about the scale of the challenge, to learn from history and accept that there are no magic bullets or technological fixes.”
Andrew Keen explains that he is a supporter of the openness and innovative nature of Silicon Valley.
Andrew Keen argues, “Throughout history, we've always had five tools, five ways of reshaping the world to our own interest.”
Andrew Keen discusses his new book, which examines the effects of rapid technological change and what we can do to help technology be a positive force in the future.
Andrew Keen argues, “It’s time to start looking for ways to fix our networked future. The good news is that we are finally recognizing the magnitude of the digital problem.”
Andrew Keen argues, “In 2018, with Silicon Valley's intellectual and financial might behind it, UBI will take the centre stage in our discussions about a smart future dominated by technological unemployment.”
“Silicon Valley in particular has this idea this is the first time we've ever lived through this … This is a massive revolution but it's happened before in human history. It certainly happened in the Industrial Age. And the disruption, the idea that the feeling of powerlessness, the alienation, the atomization, the confusion. These are familiar things in history.”