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From the highly acclaimed author of The Internet Is Not the Answer, How to Fix the Future is a compelling new book that showcases global solutions for our digital predicament. Following the Industrial Revolution, civilized societies remade nineteenth-century capitalism into a more humane version of itself, and Keen shows how we can do the same in the wake of the Digital Re ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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Jenna
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
In order to fix anything, we first must establish how it's broken, indeed, that it even IS broken. I don't feel that Andrew Keen did a very good job of that in this book, and thus only 3 stars.

How to Fix the Future is somewhat dismal in its outlook, though without leaving the reader exactly sure as to why. It deals mainly with issues of privacy in the digital age. and what problems we might see in the future if the big tech companies aren't reined in but instead allowed to gather more and more o
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Wei Li
A rather generic proposition riddled with repetitions and typos, no doubt because this book was rushed to the printers. I really enjoyed Andrew's previous book, The Internet is Not the Answer for its research, insight, and acerbic wit. While this book has plenty of research, little of it is Andrew's and so the wit cannot really come out to play. He's really just compiling the research done by other people, something which he baldly admits to in the Acknowledgements, but it's rather disappointing ...more
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
It covers issues of identity protection, privacy, digital-driven inequality and has a few ideas on remedies. The book really just came off as another tech-book with a semi-gloomy outlook and TED kind of answers to it. It didn't hold my interest the way such an offering would a few years ago.
Matus Miksik
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
thought provoking and thorough journey to the possibilities of near-future, especially recommended to all those leftists who think that absolutely free market is not the answer to everything (or anything, really) and people who feel the urge to think through the problems humanity faces today rather than caving in and start doomsaying
Apar Gupta
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Inaccuracy undermines credibility and reader confidence

Will you continue reading non-fiction book if you discover inaccuracy? When doubt grows? When it masticates your confidence, slowly - page after page - till it completely overwhelms and you abandon it midway? Though routinely common for readers, such feeling does not become any less unfortunate or tiring. It may one day even deserve it's own German word.

Andrew Keen though may be better known as the author of polemics against silicon valle
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Keen
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“In the 1960s, we swam through waters with only a few hooks: cigarettes, alcohol and drugs that were expensive and generally inaccessible. In the 2010s, those same waters are littered with hooks. There’s the Facebook hook. The Instagram hook. The porn hook. And so on. The list is long-far longer than it’s ever been in human history, and we’re only just learning the power of these hooks.”

So says NYU psychologist Adam Alter. Keen along with the likes of Nicholas Carr and Jaron Lanier remains one o
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Thijs Pepping
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jill
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Sub-titled 'staying human in the digital age' this book suggests a number of strategies for controlling the excesses of the tech revolution described in his earlier book 'The Internet is Not the Answer'. These include regulation, competitive innovation, social responsibility, worker and consumer choice, and education. At times his book reads like a travelogue as we read accounts of his visits to individuals, organisations and countries who are using these strategies with various degrees of succe ...more
Tony
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC. I saw Mr. Keen on an IQ2 debate. I use essays by his partner in that debate in one of my courses. I thought this was going to be a big hit. Honestly, it did not land on its feet the way I hoped. Mr. Keen mentions from the beginning that he was not going to be the subject of this book, but he constantly reminds us of other books he has written or that he is currently writing this book. Sir, I am not trying to be a jerk, but we know you wrote this book. We are hol ...more
Darnell
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Important issues, but too many broad strokes and platitudes. I learned about a few new things, but only on a fairly shallow level - someone better informed than I am might learn very little.

I am growing increasingly annoyed with books where the author jets around the world to have face-to-face interviews with people. There's rarely enough synthesis of the ideas for it to be anything more than a casual tour.
Candy
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Keen reminds us of all that's messed up in the digital world - particularly the takeover by Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Google. But he ends on a positive note, believing that the upcoming generation will bring back digital trust and responsibility.
Ramiro Breitbach
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting ideas on privacy and individual rights on the digital age, but the text is often repetitive and I skipped a number of parts. To me, the most interesting parts were the comparation between the experiences of Estonia, Singapore and China with digital government
Andrew Crofts
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

The book delivers exactly what it promises. No particularly startlingly revolutionary ideas but a nice balance between alarmism and optimism.
David Wineberg
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tech has created at least as many problems as it has solved, and there are more on the way. Andrew Keen has sacrificed his stomach, meeting with experts in every field in restaurants around the world to discuss the ways out. This rambling tour of the world touches down where thinkers have identified potential solutions. They all have their opinions and some are acting on them. But it is totally scattered and no seismic shifts are evident. Even the universal basic income, which has support all ov ...more
Camille McCarthy
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A promising subject but the delivery was all over the place at times. I liked how he tied in Thomas More's "Utopia" to the idea that we are working on creating our future, and it was interesting to see these issues of inequality and job scarcity from the perspective of tech, something I don't know much about. It was sometimes difficult to pin down exactly what he was talking about, however, because he would skip around to different subjects and anecdotes without quite finishing the point he had ...more
Sanjeev Kotnala
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I knew all along, there was something drastically wrong with the way the future is unveiling itself. I was on the lookout for a debate on ‘How to fix the future’. Andrew Keen’s session at the IAA World Congress held at Kochi, India in February this year probably opened new spaces for the discussion.

The future is broken.
We are under constant surveillance. Our behaviour is slowly being nudged towards what the dominant biggies Google, Amazon, Facebook of the business want. It is the new era of ‘Win
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Jon Stonecash
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an important book for those who are concerned with the impacts of technology upon society. Andrew Keen covers a lot of those actual and potential impacts. He also tries to propose some solutions for softening the negative impacts. Ultimately, it comes down to having citizens act for the good of the community.

The problem that I have with the book is that Keen has very decided views upon what is good for the community. No one paying attention to what's going on in the public sphere would p
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Onno Bruins
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I saw Andrew Keen speak at The Next Web conference in 2008, and read "the cult of the amateur" I have been watching the technological developments with less enthusiasm than before. In his last book he clearly showed all the sectors of society that are being wrecked by internet based technology.

Keen has been a prophet of doom, 'the antichrist of Silicon Valley', for years. Now that most people acknowledge he has been right all along, it is very refreshing that his latest book is an op
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Naum
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Andrew Keen, internet naysayer, made his authorial mark in previous books decrying the hope and optimism over entrenched net culture. In this edition, instead of exclaiming "I told you so!" he explores how we can "fix the future" and carve out a better way not dependent upon predatory consumer surveillance capitalism that is still all the rage in Silicon Valley circles.

There are a lot of "I sat down to lunch/dinner with Mr./Mrs./Miss $X…" and profiles of Estonia & Singapore, 2 nations that have
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Warren Mcpherson
A survey of attitudes toward technology across the world.

It looks at how technology impacts civilization and how people are responding. The issue of mass surveillance is a challenging one with major implications for democracy. Technology also drives massive inequality. Some people approach technology as a development opportunity, some see it as a weapon. Some focus on the importance of information integrity and some focus on the need for privacy. Given how much technology is designed to be habit
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Rachael
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Where were the editors on this book? Not only did I notice a pretty egregious typo (misspelled Hillary Clinton), but it’s just so poorly written. Absolutely littered with the patronizing phrase “[as] you’ll remember”, to remind the reader of people or things mentioned earlier in the book, or even of historical events, which one, such as myself, may in fact not remember due to age (no, I don’t remember that one anti-trust case against Microsoft in the 1990s because I WAS ONLY JUST BORN). Honestly ...more
Ivan
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mysteryfan
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: technology
I haven't read this author before, but apparently he takes a dim view of the current web scene. In this book he looks at various countries (the EU, India, Estonia, Singapore) and how they are attempting to solve the problems of the digital age. He sees five necessary approaches: regulations, competitive innovation, social responsibility, worker and consumer choice, and education.

Using Singapore and India as examples is problematic for me. Their citizens give up a great deal of privacy and choic
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Paul
Nov 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
The bad quality of writing is absolutely shocking. The author needs an editor - he endlessly repeats the same points and even sentences. The whole book is a single rambling incoherent rant with no structure, just the author flying around the world talking to people who actually know things. The tone oscillates randomly between incomprehensibly upbeat predictions and despondency and dire lecturing and doom prophesying. The author pontificates on technologies he knows very little about and a littl ...more
Howard
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read How to Fix the Future after hearing an interview with Andrew Keen. I have to tell you, I enjoyed the interview much more than the book.

Keen offers five strategies for helping to ensure an "open, decentralized" digital future - regulation, competitive innovation, consumer choice, civic responsibility, and education - in that order. My libertarian leanings make me quail at the first. Sheeple make the third and fourth unlikely. But, the book is readable enough; draw your own conclusions.
Dennis
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a more fitting title would've been "how we're fixing the future" because that's what the book is about. Instead of offering us a guideline on how to stay human in the digital age and showing us tools to achieve that, he barely mentions said tools. Instead the focus of the book is on how governments, various organisations and individuals are shaping the digital world. Most in a positive light, others not so much. While it's an entertaining read still, it's not what the title suggests. And I ...more
Wilte
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ub
Borthwick’s bullets to fix the future:
Open technology platforms
Antitrust regulation
Responsible human-centric design
Preservation of public space
New social security system.

Tools/essential building blocks for the future: regulation, innovation, social responsibility, worker and consumer choice, and education.
Jason Sands
Meh

He doesn’t totally convince me that there is a problem. Much of his research is from second hand sources. For more intelligent analysis on these topics I recommend Jaron Lanier. Or read the Economist. Keen quotes it enough as it is.
Nadee
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is not as provocative or as befuddling as Keen's earlier books. It seems to be an odd mix of other people's opinions and anecdotes. It is an interesting perspective, but takes the middle ground without many bold predictions or thoughts.
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