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The Glass Cage: Where Automation Is Taking Us review – on course for disaster | Books | The Guardian

December 4, 2015

If you want to understand the human consequences of automation, says Nicholas Carr, look up. Airlines and plane manufacturers have been at the forefront of the technology that has gradually replaced human judgment with a set of computer algorithms.

What’s in it for me?

Where Carr’s “The Shallows” kindled my interest in the power the connected society has developed (and the change it made on our ways of thinking and acting, this book can be interesting for grasping the risks of the automated society. The reviewer points towards Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s paradox of work: whatever we believe, we tend to be happier and more fulfilled when we’re at work, and more anxious when we’re not.

In other words; we are creating a world where we do not have anymore work to do, no risks to take and no fear to have; we will be permanently unhappy. 

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