The Fate of Food: What we'll Eat in a Bigger Hotter, Smarter World

Submitted by alex on Fri, 03/05/2021 - 14:55
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The reader is soon disabused of the idea that 'The Fate of Food: What we'll Eat in a Bigger Hotter, Smarter World' by Amanda Little is about the pros and cons of different menus.


In fact it is indirectly about food and really about modern hi-tech agriculture and the twists and turns it could take going forward.


The looming pressure effecting it is climate change, particularly heat and disrupted water supply.


Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age

Submitted by alex on Sat, 12/26/2020 - 17:04
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This book urges readers to beware, but not despair about the threats, dangers and complexities that accompany the rewards of the expanding opportunities of pervasive data.


Then the author proceeds to go though the history of reasons to despair and then some suggestions for how the dangers may be mitigated.


Although two authors are credited for the book, the entirety is in the voice of Smith, a lawyer by training and the president of Microsoft.


The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

Submitted by alex on Sat, 10/03/2020 - 15:30
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Many years ago in one of my university courses, the professor prefaced his presentation of an essay with, “I am a retailer of knowledge. This writer is a primary producer of knowledge.”


I am not certain, but I think it was an essay by the political economist Joseph Schumpter. By about the sixth read through, I had tamed the piece to a 'difficult read'. Before that it was mostly opaque, with ideas I hadn't encountered and words I hadn't seen used in that context.