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The Bleeding Edge: Why Technology Turns Toxic in an Unequal World

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Capitalism likes us to believe in the steady, inevitable march of progress, from the abacus to the iPad. But the historical record tells of innumerable roads not taken, all of which could have led to better, more equal worlds, and still can.

Academic and activist Bob Hughes puts flesh on the bones of the idea that 'another world is possible', using as evidence the technolog
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by New Internationalist
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Γιώργος Πισίνας
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ο Bob Hughes αναλαμβάνει να ασχοληθεί με τα βασικά ζητήματα της εποχής. Η ανισότητα, η τεχνολογία, η οικολογία, όπως και η σύγχρονη οικονομία μπαίνουν στο μικροσκόπιο του συγγραφέα ο οποίος αν μη τι άλλο καταφέρνει να εισάγει το μικρόβιο της αμφιβολίας για τον τρόπο που έχει εξελιχθεί η τεχνολογία ειδικά τα τελευταία χρόνια. Μέσα από ένα μεγάλο εύρος κλάδων και τεχνολογικών τομέων, αναδεικνύει το πως η τεχνολογία σήμερα οξύνει τα προβλήματα που δημιουργούνται σε ένα άνισο κόσμο, διερρωτομενος το ...more
Connor Stack
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's got some good points, but it's so poorly organized. Basically a stream of consciousness. I found myself frequently forgetting what his point was, or why he was talking about a seemingly random topic. He also conflates inequality with poverty in a lot of examples.

Main takeaways:
- there is actually more innovation in an equal society than an unequal one
- inequality is generally bad
- computers are extremely wasteful and harmful to the environment, but they don't have to be
- competition results
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