Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus - How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity-logo

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus - How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Douglas Rushkoff

Why doesn't the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else? When protesters shattered the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work, their anger may have been justifiable, but it was misdirected. The true conflict of our age isn't between the unem­ployed and the digital elite, or even the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Rather, a tornado of technological improvements has spun our economic program out of control, and humanity as a whole-the protesters and the Google employees as well as the shareholders and the executives-are all trapped by the consequences. It's time to optimize our economy for the human beings it's supposed to be serving. In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology. Tying together disparate threads-big data, the rise of robots and AI, the increasing participation of algorithms in stock market trading, the gig economy, the collapse of the eurozone-Rushkoff provides a critical vocabulary for our economic moment and a nuanced portrait of humans and commerce at a critical crossroads.

Why doesn't the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else? When protesters shattered the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work, their anger may have been justifiable, but it was misdirected. The true conflict of our age isn't between the unem­ployed and the digital elite, or even the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Rather, a tornado of technological improvements has spun our economic program out of control, and humanity as a whole-the protesters and the Google employees as well as the shareholders and the executives-are all trapped by the consequences. It's time to optimize our economy for the human beings it's supposed to be serving. In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology. Tying together disparate threads-big data, the rise of robots and AI, the increasing participation of algorithms in stock market trading, the gig economy, the collapse of the eurozone-Rushkoff provides a critical vocabulary for our economic moment and a nuanced portrait of humans and commerce at a critical crossroads.
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Why doesn't the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else? When protesters shattered the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work, their anger may have been justifiable, but it was misdirected. The true conflict of our age isn't between the unem­ployed and the digital elite, or even the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Rather, a tornado of technological improvements has spun our economic program out of control, and humanity as a whole-the protesters and the Google employees as well as the shareholders and the executives-are all trapped by the consequences. It's time to optimize our economy for the human beings it's supposed to be serving. In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology. Tying together disparate threads-big data, the rise of robots and AI, the increasing participation of algorithms in stock market trading, the gig economy, the collapse of the eurozone-Rushkoff provides a critical vocabulary for our economic moment and a nuanced portrait of humans and commerce at a critical crossroads.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 15m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:08


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:14


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:52


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:11


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:38


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:27


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:12


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:01


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

00:35