While all the evidences he used are strong and compelling, rather obvious counter arguments are conspicuously absent.
I cannot believe that the author, a brilliant thinker, could not think of these counter arguments, but it seems like he deliberately avoided them in order to make his point.
Using a mix of anecdotes, statistics, history, and even the theories of the Luddites and Marxists, Carr provides many convincing reasons why we should think twice before putting technological progress -- self-driving cars, self-flying planes, self-trading stocks -- before human beings who may not be best served by becoming mere shepherds or monitors of complex systems and algorithms.
He argues that this increasing reliance on automation may rob us so some qualities that are essential in defining who we are.
He uses examples from various industries including auto piloting in commercial airplanes to self-driven cars and automatic medical diagnostic computers.
Carr might not do enough to convince skeptics of his points.
At the same time, some of the main conclusions of his chapters are left frustratingly vague.
Shelves: nukes-and-the-end-the-world, politics, philosophy, psychology, general-science, warfare, economics, biology, complexity, technology, computers, intellectual-history, world-history, nonfiction, media, 1990-to-present, modernism, owned-books, household-items, fringes-of-science Who knew such a short book could be packed with so many disturbing ideas about our relation to computers, robotics and media.
With so many tasked offloaded to computing machines and increasingly robots we gain convenience and powers at the same time we lose old skills that helped us autonomously navigate the world.Automation is no longer just limited to replacing human perceptive and motor skills, but it is now entering into purely intellectual activities.He argue I loved his earlier book, “The Shallows”, which dealt with the issue of how the Web could be altering our ability to think deep. In this book he is raising similar concerns about automation.For example, a significant part of the book tries to show how the popularity of auto piloting features in commercial aircrafts is causing a deterioration of pilot skills and caused a few accidents that were due to this loss of skills.I am not doubting this fact at all, and I think his conclusion is correct.With the data he's presented, much of what he concludes could be stronger stated.