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,
bestselling 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
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
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. Download and start listening now!