The Internet Of Us Knowing More And Understanding Less In The Age Of Big Data

Author: Michael P. Lynch
Publisher: Liveright
ISBN: 0871406616
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With far-reaching implications, this urgent treatise promises to revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age.

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. Indeed, the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know, as well as how we interact with each other. And yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox: even as we know more, we seem to understand less.

While a wealth of literature has been devoted to life with the Internet, the deep philosophical implications of this seismic shift have not been properly explored until now. Demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is much more to “knowing” than just acquiring information, leading philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us overvalue some ways of processing information over others, and thus risks distorting what it means to be human.

With far-reaching implications, Lynch's argument charts a path from Plato's cave to Shannon's mathematical theory of information to Google Glass, illustrating that technology itself isn't the problem, nor is it the solution. Instead, it will be the way in which we adapt our minds to these new tools that will ultimately decide whether or not the "Internet of Things"―all those gadgets on our wrists, in our pockets and on our laps―will be a net gain for humanity. Along the way, Lynch uses a philosopher's lens to examine some of the most urgent issues facing digital life today, including how social media is revolutionizing the way we think about privacy; why a greater reliance on Wikipedia and Google doesn't necessarily make knowledge "more democratic"; and the perils of using "big data" alone to predict cultural trends.

Promising to modernize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age, The Internet of Us builds on previous works by Nicholas Carr, James Gleick and Jaron Lanier to give us a necessary guide on how to navigate the philosophical quagmire that is the Information Age.


The Internet Of Us

Author: Michael P. Lynch
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ISBN: 9780871406613
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Demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is much more to 'knowing' than just acquiring information, ... philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch [posits that] our digital way of life makes us ...

Privacy In The Age Of Big Data

Author: Theresa Payton
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442225467
Size: 16.85 MB
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Anyone who uses digital devices for any reason will want to read this book for its clear and no-nonsense approach to the world of big data and what it means for all of us.

The People S Platform

Author: Astra Taylor
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 0805095454
Size: 75.20 MB
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When We Are No More

Author: Abby Smith Rumsey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1620408031
Size: 76.11 MB
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Tracing the story from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls, to movable type, books, and the birth of the Library of Congress, Rumsey weaves a compelling narrative that explores how humans have dealt with the problem of too much ...

The Miracle Myth

Author: Larry Shapiro
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231542143
Size: 22.55 MB
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Helping us think more critically about our belief in the improbable, The Miracle Myth breaks down our mythmaking strategies to better understand how attempts to justify belief in the supernatural fall short.

In Praise Of Reason

Author: Michael P. Lynch
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262300346
Size: 24.42 MB
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Michael Lynch's In Praise of Reason offers a spirited defense of reason and rationality in an era of widespread skepticism -- when, for example, people reject scientific evidence about such matters as evolution, climate change, and vaccines ...

We Are Big Data

Author: Sander Klous
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9462391831
Size: 35.18 MB
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This book demonstrates the inevitability of a continuously growing role of data in our society and it stresses that this role does not need to be threatening: to the contrary, collection and analysis of data can help us prevent traffic jams ...

Respecting Truth

Author: Lee McIntyre
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317497171
Size: 31.34 MB
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But in his newest book, philosopher Lee McIntyre shows how we've now reached a watershed moment for ignorance in the modern era, due to the volume of misinformation, the speed with which it can be digitally disseminated, and the savvy ...

Truth And Realism

Author: Patrick Greenough
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199288885
Size: 36.35 MB
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Is truth objective or relative? What exists independently of our minds? This book is about these two questions.