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The Internet of Us

Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

by Michael P. Lynch

eBook

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"An intelligent book that struggles honestly with important questions: Is the net turning us into passive knowers? Is it degrading our ability to reason? What can we do about this?" —David Weinberger, Los Angeles Review of Books

We used to say "seeing is believing"; now, googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world's information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us. Now firmly established as a pioneering work of modern philosophy, The Internet of Us has helped revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age. Indeed, demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is more to "knowing" than just acquiring information, leading philosopher Michael P. Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us value some ways of processing information over others, and thus risks distorting the greatest traits of mankind. Charting a path from Plato's cave to Google Glass, the result is a necessary guide on how to navigate the philosophical quagmire that is the "Internet of Things."


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Publisher: Liveright

Kindle Book

  • Release date: March 17, 2016

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781631491863
  • File size: 549 KB
  • Release date: March 17, 2016

EPUB eBook

  • ISBN: 9781631491863
  • File size: 1370 KB
  • Release date: March 17, 2016

1 of 1 copy available

Formats

Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB eBook

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English

"An intelligent book that struggles honestly with important questions: Is the net turning us into passive knowers? Is it degrading our ability to reason? What can we do about this?" —David Weinberger, Los Angeles Review of Books

We used to say "seeing is believing"; now, googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world's information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us. Now firmly established as a pioneering work of modern philosophy, The Internet of Us has helped revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age. Indeed, demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is more to "knowing" than just acquiring information, leading philosopher Michael P. Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us value some ways of processing information over others, and thus risks distorting the greatest traits of mankind. Charting a path from Plato's cave to Google Glass, the result is a necessary guide on how to navigate the philosophical quagmire that is the "Internet of Things."


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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Liveright

    Kindle Book
    Release date: March 17, 2016

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9781631491863
    File size: 549 KB
    Release date: March 17, 2016

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9781631491863
    File size: 1370 KB
    Release date: March 17, 2016

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  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
  • Languages
    English