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The Internet of Us - Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

Michael P. Lynch

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We used to say "seeing is believing"; now googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world's information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us. Indeed, the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know, as well as how we interact with each other. And yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox: even as we know more, we seem to understand less. While a wealth of literature has been devoted to life with the Internet, the deep philosophical implications of this seismic shift have not been properly explored until now. Demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is much more to "knowing" than just acquiring information, leading philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us overvalue some ways of processing information over others, and thus risks distorting what it means to be human. With far-reaching implications, Lynch's argument charts a path from Plato's cave to Shannon's mathematical theory of information to Google Glass, illustrating that technology itself isn't the problem, nor is it the solution. Instead, it will be the way in which we adapt our minds to these new tools that will ultimately decide whether or not the "Internet of Things"-all those gadgets on our wrists, in our pockets and on our laps-will be a net gain for humanity. Along the way, Lynch uses a philosopher's lens to examine some of the most urgent issues facing digital life today, including how social media is revolutionizing the way we think about privacy; why a greater reliance on Wikipedia and Google doesn't necessarily make knowledge "more democratic"; and the perils of using "big data" alone to predict cultural trends. Promising to modernize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age, The Internet of Us builds on previou

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan Woren

Length:

6h 32m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:26


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:26


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:53


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:35


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:56


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:38