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New Book Argues Silicon Valley Will Lead Us to Our Doom

Long-time Slashdot reader Zorro quotes the San Diego Union-Tribune:
To many Americans, large technology firms embody much of what’s good about the modern world. Franklin Foer has a different perspective. In his new book, “World Without Mind,” the veteran journalist lays out a more ominous view of where Big Tech would like to take us — in many ways, already has taken us… These firms have a program: to make the world less private, less individual, less creative, less human… Big Tech has imposed its will on the resident population with neither our input nor our permission.
The reviewer summarizes the book’s argument as “Once hooked, consumers are robbed of choice, milked for profit, deprived of privacy and made the subjects of stealth social engineering experiments.”

Interestingly, Foer was fired from The New Republic in 2014 by its new publisher — Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes — and Foer’s new book includes strong criticism of the way companies are assembling detailed profiles on their users. “They have built their empires by pulverizing privacy; they will further ensconce themselves by pushing boundaries, by taking even more invasive steps that build toward an even more complete portrait of us.”

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