Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Douglas Rushkoff

Why doesn’t the explosive progress of businesses like fb and Uber convey extra prosperity for everybody?
What is the systemic challenge that units the wealthy opposed to the terrible and the technologists opposed to everyone else?

When protesters shattered the home windows of a bus sporting Google staff to paintings, their anger can have been justifiable, however it was once misdirected. the real clash of our age isn’t among the unem­ployed and the electronic elite, or maybe the ninety nine percentage and the 1 percentage. fairly, a twister of technological advancements has spun our financial software uncontrolled, and humanity as a whole—the protesters and the Google staff in addition to the shareholders and the executives—are all trapped by means of the implications. It’s time to optimize our financial system for the humans it’s purported to be serving.
In this groundbreaking booklet, acclaimed media pupil and writer Douglas Rushkoff tells us how one can mix the easiest of human nature with the simplest of contemporary know-how. Tying jointly disparate threads—big information, the increase of robots and AI, the expanding participation of algorithms in inventory marketplace buying and selling, the gig economic climate, the cave in of the eurozone—Rushkoff offers a severe vocabulary for our monetary second and a nuanced portrait of people and trade at a severe crossroads.

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