Author and scenario planning consultant Richard Watson is clearly torn. One minute, he issues warnings about the negative effects of digital technologies on the brain and human society and discusses his fears that people pay insufficient attention to the possible consequences of these effects. The next minute, Watson is positively giddy and excited by the future potential of that same technology. The possibility of controlling machines with your mind, or improving your mental function by popping a pill, sounds like life in a science fiction utopia. But every utopia carries the possibility that it might turn into a dystopia that traps the human spirit: That’s Watson primary concern and the insight he offers his readers. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone interested in futurism, cyberculture, digital technology or the ethics of human society.
In this summary, you will learn
- How computer culture is altering your brain and human society,
- Why these changes matter, and
- What you can and should do about them.
About the Author
Scenario planning consultant Richard Watson is the author of Future Files and the publisher of What’s Next, a website dedicated to tracking trends.
Comment on this summary
5 years agoHowever I don't agree with many of the arguments, I like the theory that we are being distracted by technology and that we should leave time to reflect and be away from technology to think clearly