Nicholas Carr writes about technology and culture. He is the author of the acclaimed new book The Glass Cage: Automation and Us (2014), which examines the personal and social consequences of our ever growing dependency on computers. His previous work, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (2011), was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. A former columnist for the Guardian, Carr writes the popular blog Rough Type and has written for The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Wired, Nature, MIT Technology Review, and other periodicals. His essays, including Is Google Making Us Stupid? and The Great Forgetting, have been collected in several anthologies. Previously, Carr was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, as well as a member of the Encyclopedia Britannicas editorial board of advisors and the steering board of the World Economic Forums cloud computing project.
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Human intelligence is withering as computers do more, but theres a solution.
As we grow more reliant on applications and algorithms, we become less capable of acting without their aid.
Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.
We rely on computers to fly our planes, find our cancers, design our buildings, audit our businesses. That's all well and good. But what happens when the computer fails?
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What the internet is doing to our brains.
Todays always-on web is a perpetually distractive medium that is undermining our ability to think deep thoughts, read deep books and engage in deep conversations.
Nicholas Carrs blog on technology, culture, and economics.