Sunday, 19 November 2017
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Review: World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer


Franklin Foer is furious. It takes a while to appreciate he is furious, granted, because he is a ponderous writer, and in World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech he is apt to get distracted from his fury with lengthy passages about things such as the history of bookshelves, or whether Descartes really built a robot that looked like his dead daughter, Francine, which was thrown off a boat. (No.) But furious he definitely is. As the subtitle suggests, he believes that tech companies are ruining the world.

“Oh, that again,” you might think. Foer, though, is well placed to make this criticism, because before tech companies started ruining the world, they first ruined his. Foer resigned/was fired in 2014 as editor of…



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