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Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans

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We live in the age of Computer Business Systems (CBSs) -- the highly complex, computer-intensive management programs on which large organizations increasingly rely. In Mindless , Simon Head argues that these systems have come to trump human expertise, dictating the goals and strategies of a wide array of businesses, and de-skilling the jobs of middle class workers in the process. CBSs are especially dysfunctional, Head argues, when they apply their disembodied expertise to transactions between humans, as in health care, education, customer relations, and human resources management. And yet there are industries with more human approaches, as Head illustrates with specific examples, whose lead we must follow and extend to the mainstream American economy.

Mindless illustrates the shortcomings of CBS, providing an in-depth and disturbing look at how human dignity is slipping as we become cogs on a white collar assembly line.

240 pages, Hardcover

First published September 1, 2012

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September 8, 2014
Mindless is a gem of a book, it gives us a great insight into the future of labour at the time of complete lack of privacy and worker's rights. George Orwell was right. The future looks bleak and the options are limited. The technological revolution will change the world and in a way that we can not imagine.
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