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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”—Michael Agger, Slate“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways.Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic—a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption—and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection.Part intellectual history, part popular science, and part cultural criticism, The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettes—Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive—even as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche. This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 06/06/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 289 pages

The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse, The Glass Cage will change the way you think about the tools you use every day.In The Glass Cage, best-selling author Nicholas Carr digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Even as they bring ease to our lives, these programs are stealing something essential from us.Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and satisfaction are tied to performing hard work in the real world, Carr reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented.From nineteenth-century textile mills to the cockpits of modern jets, from the frozen hunting grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective, examining the personal as well as the economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers.With a characteristic blend of history and philosophy, poetry and science, Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 09/29/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 289 pages

Atrapados: Cómo las máquinas se apoderan de nuestras vidas (Spanish Edition)
Un potente e inquietante análisis de nuestra dependencia de las nuevas tecnologías, por el autor de Superficiales. ¿Qué está haciendo Internet con nuestras mentes? ¿Somos capaces de decidir qué tareas dejamos en manos del ordenador y cuáles nos reservamos? ¿Dedicamos nuestra atención a lo que queremos? Las nuevas tecnologías suponen un ahorro de trabajo, pero ¿podrían erosionar nuestra libertad? Cada día, diversas aplicaciones nos ayudan a hacer ejercicio o incluso buscar pareja. Confiamos en una voz artificial que nos guía paso a paso hasta nuestro destino. Las redes sociales nos incitan a recuperar amistades. La automatización es imparable y ya se está apropiando incluso de las profesiones más cualificadas: los software substituyen el ojo clínico del médico, el oído del músico, la mano del arquitecto o la pericia del piloto. Coches que conducen solos, ataques con drones militares... La realidad supera con creces lo que hasta hace poco nos parecía ciencia ficción. Tejido a base de curiosidades históricas y lúcidas descripciones de las últimas tendencias tecnológicas, económicas, psicológicas y neurocientíficas, Atrapados nos brinda una visión realista y alarmante de un poderoso fenómeno que está determinando nuestras vidas. Carr lleva años cuestionando las ventajas reales de las tecnologías de la información y favoreciendo el debate sobre un tema controvertido que nos afecta a todos. La crítica ha dicho... «De lectura obligatoria para todo aquel que tenga un smartphone.»Jonathen Safran Foer, autor de Todo está iluminado «Fascinante y revelador. Atrapados suscita la necesaria reflexión sobre nuestra excesiva dependencia de las máquinas.»Publishers Weekly «Atrapados es un ensayo oportuno y actual en el que Nicholas Carr reflexiona sobre las consecuencias nocivas de la tecnología. Su lectura genera ganas de réplica.»Mercedes Cebrián, Babelia «Carr demuestra de manera tan elegante como convincente que es el momento de recuperar el arte de pensar y un mundo en el que las máquinas estés supeditadas a las necesidades humanas.»Donald Norman
Published by: TAURUS | Publication date: 09/24/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 279 pages

The Social Pandemic: The Influence and Effect of Social Media on Modern Life
Social Media is everywhere, on our televisions, in the newspapers, on stickers in shop windows.Your family is using it, your colleagues and friends are using it. Even recruiters and marketing professionals are using it.But what exactly is Social Media? How does it affect you and your life? Should you be concerned about your child's use?The Social Pandemic aims to answer these questions and many more. Find out if Social Media is simply the current fad, or if it will be affecting our lives for many years to come.Discover if Social Media will help to create a utopia where men will set aside their differences and work together for the common good..... or if, instead, it will lead to the eventual collapse of society as we know it.
Author: Giles Lloyd
Publication date: 06/27/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 89 pages

Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations
A freewheeling, sharp-shooting indictment of a tech-besotted culture.With razor wit, Nicholas Carr cuts through Silicon Valley’s unsettlingly cheery vision of the technological future to ask a hard question: Have we been seduced by a lie? Gathering a decade’s worth of posts from his blog, Rough Type, as well as his seminal essays, Utopia Is Creepy is “Carr’s best hits for those who missed the last decade of his stream of thoughtful commentary about our love affair with technology and its effect on our relationships” (Richard Cytowic, New York Journal of Books).Carr draws on artists ranging from Walt Whitman to the Clash, while weaving in the latest findings from science and sociology. Carr’s favorite targets are those zealots who believe so fervently in computers and data that they abandon common sense. Cheap digital tools do not make us all the next Fellini or Dylan. Social networks, diverting as they may be, are not vehicles for self-enlightenment. And “likes” and retweets are not going to elevate political discourse. Utopia Is Creepy compels us to question the technological momentum that has trapped us in its flow. “Resistance is never futile,” argues Carr, and this book delivers the proof.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 09/06/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 348 pages

The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
“Magisterial. . . . Draws an elegant and illuminating parallel between the late-19th-century electrification of America and today’s computing world.”—SalonHailed as “the most influential book so far on the cloud computing movement” (Christian Science Monitor), The Big Switch makes a simple and profound statement: Computing is turning into a utility, and the effects of this transition will ultimately change society as completely as the advent of cheap electricity did. In a new chapter for this edition that brings the story up-to-date, Nicholas Carr revisits the dramatic new world being conjured from the circuits of the “World Wide Computer.”
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 01/19/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 287 pages

Does It Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage
Over the last decade, and even since the bursting of the technology bubble, pundits, consultants, and thought leaders have argued that information technology provides the edge necessary for business success. IT expert Nicholas G. Carr offers a radically different view in this eloquent and explosive book. As IT's power and presence have grown, he argues, its strategic relevance has actually decreased. IT has been transformed from a source of advantage into a commoditized "cost of doing business"--with huge implications for business management. Expanding on Carr's seminal Harvard Business Review article that generated a storm of controversy, Does IT Matter? provides a truly compelling--and unsettling--account of IT's changing business role and its leveling influence on competition. Through astute analysis of historical and contemporary examples, Carr shows that the evolution of IT closely parallels that of earlier technologies such as railroads and electric power. He goes on to lay out a new agenda for IT management, stressing cost control and risk management over innovation and investment. And he examines the broader implications for business strategy and organization as well as for the technology industry. A frame-changing statement on one of the most important business phenomena of our time, Does IT Matter? marks a crucial milepost in the debate about IT's future. An acclaimed business writer and thinker, Nicholas G. Carr is a former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review.
Published by: Harvard Business Review Press | Publication date: 04/07/2004
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 208 pages

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
A groundbreaking book by one of the most important thinkers of our time shows how technology is warping our social lives and our inner ones Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends, and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But this relentless connection leads to a deep solitude. MIT professor Sherry Turkle argues that as technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Based on hundreds of interviews and with a new introduction taking us to the present day, Alone Together describes changing, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, and families.
Published by: Basic Books | Publication date: 01/11/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 386 pages

Superficiales: ¿Qué está haciendo Internet con nuestras mentes? (Spanish Edition)
¿Qué está haciendo Internet con nuestras mentes? Este libro cambiará para siempre nuestro modo de entender y aprovechar las nuevas tecnologías. «¿Google nos vuelve estúpidos?» Nicholas Carr condensó así, en el título de un célebre artículo, uno de los debates más importantes de nuestro tiempo: mientras disfrutamos de las bondades de la Red, ¿estamos sacrificando nuestra capacidad para leer y pensar con profundidad? En este libro, Carr desarrolla sus argumentos para crear el más revelador análisis de las consecuencias intelectuales y culturales de Internet publicado hasta la fecha. Nuestro cerebro, como demuestran las evidencias científicas e históricas, cambia en respuesta a nuestras experiencias, y la tecnología que usamos para encontrar, almacenar y compartir información puede, literalmente, alterar nuestros procesos neuronales. Además, cada tecnología de la información conlleva una ética intelectual. Así como el libro impreso servía para centrar nuestra atención, fomentando el pensamiento profundo y creativo, Internet fomenta el picoteo rápido y distraído de pequeños fragmentos de información de muchas fuentes. Su ética es una ética industrial, de la velocidad y la eficiencia. La Red nos está reconfigurando a su propia imagen, volviéndonos más hábiles para manejar y ojear superficialmente la información pero menos capaces de concentración, contemplación y reflexión. Este libro cambiará para siempre nuestro modo de entender y aprovechar las nuevas tecnologías. Reseñas:«Absorbente y perturbador. Todos bromeamos sobre cómo Internet nos está convirtiendo, y especialmente a nuestros hijos, en cabezas de chorlito acelerados incapaces de meditaciones profundas. No es ninguna broma, insiste Carr, y a mí me ha convencido.»John Horgan, The Wall Street Journal «Una réplica calmada y elocuente a aquellos que afirman que la cultura digital es inofensiva, que afirman, de hecho, que nos estamos volviendo más listos cada minuto que pasa simplemente porque podemos conectarnos a un ordenador y dejarnos llevar por un interminable carrusel de links.»Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
Published by: TAURUS | Publication date: 07/22/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 344 pages

Social Media Addiction: The Ultimate Guide to Finally Overcoming This Time-Consuming Addiction (Facebook Addiction, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Social Networking, Marketing, Dependency)
Discover How To Finally Overcome Your Social Media Addiction!Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device!You're about to discover a proven strategy on how to overcome your social media addiction and take back your life. Millions of people suffer from social media addictions and throw away hours a day of productive time and turn it into patterns of constantly checking the updates on their social media accounts. Most people realize how much of a problem this is, but are unable to change their situation, simply because it's been apart of their mindset for so long.The truth is, if you are suffering from wasting time because of your social media addiction and haven't been able to change, it's because you are lacking an effective strategy and understanding of where these addictions come from and why they are there. This book goes into how social media has changed our lives, signs that will tell you whether you are addicted or not, and a step-by-step strategy that will help you free yourself from social media dependency and help you take control of your life.Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...
  • Understanding How Social Media Has Changed Our Lives
  • Signs That Will Tell You If You Are Addicted
  • The Good And Bad Effects Of Social Media
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Publication date: 12/05/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 38 pages
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