Geek Heresy
About the Book
In 2004, Kentaro Toyama, an award-winning computer scientist, moved to India to start a new research group for Microsoft. Its mission: to explore novel technological solutions to the world’s persistent social problems. Together with his team, he invented electronic devices for under-resourced urban schools and developed digital platforms for remote agrarian communities. But after a decade of designing technologies for humanitarian causes, Toyam concluded that no technology, however dazzling, could cause social change on its own. Technologists and policy-makers love to boast about modern innovation, and in their excitement, they exuberantly tout technology’s boon to society. But what have our gadgets actually accomplished? Over the last four decades, America saw an explosion of new technologies – from the Internet to the iPhone, from Google to Facebook – but in that same period, the rate of poverty stagnated at a stubborn 13%, only to rise in the recent recession. So, a golden age of innovation in the world’s most advanced country did nothing for our most prominent social ill.
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9781610395281
Publisher: Public Affairs
Acedemic Level: English
Book Type: English
Depth: 38
Gardner Classification Code: K02
Illustrations: TBD
LCCN: 2014048936
No of Pages: 334
PrintOnDemand: N
Spine Width: 34 mm
Sub Title: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology
Year Of Publication: 2015
ISBN-10: 161039528X
Publisher Date: 26 May 2015
Continuations: English
Dewey: 303.483
Height: 241 mm
Language: English
MediaMail: Y
Pagination: 352 pages, TBD
Returnable: Y
Star Rating: 2
Width: 165 mm