Summary of The Internet of Us

Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

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Professor offers a profound consideration of questions of knowledge, wisdom and privacy on the Internet.


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Philosophy professor Michael P. Lynch explores the nature of knowledge, wisdom and privacy. What would the world be like if – instead of having to check your smartphone for information – you could wire your brain directly to the Internet? Instead of having to download apps or search your inbox, answers would pop up the split second you think of a question. What a convenient life that would be – but would you be happy trading your private thoughts and feelings for this powerful knowing? Lynch takes you through this (and other) thought experiments concerning gaining knowledge via digital interface. He also draws on more than 2,000 years of philosophy to examine the impact of technology on knowledge production and dissemination. getAbstract recommends Lynch’s dense but compelling writing to knowledge workers, scholars, business leaders and anyone curious about “Google-knowledge.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Internet produces and disseminates knowledge,
  • How “Google-knowing” limits true understanding, and
  • How to weigh “neuromedia,” which could enhance your life but only in exchange for your privacy.


“Our Digital Form of Life”
Imagine you have a chip in your brain that gives you all the information you need. Instead of looking up things on your mobile device, you access that microchip and it opens a door into the world of information. You have unlimited knowledge and can answer almost...
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About the Author

Michael P. Lynch is a professor of philosophy and the director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut.

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