Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Choice: The Second Machine Age...

For this assignment, I searched "future technology" on Amazon, as I've always enjoyed speculation about, and sci-fi depictions of, the future. This was the most interesting information society related theme I could think of. The three most intriguing books that I found that fell within the two year publication limit were:
Shift 2020: How Technology Will Impact Our Future: This book is collaborative collection of "foresights" into the future by many leading experts in the fields of Health, Education, Social Media Studies, and more. The intent is to provide an understanding of how technology is going to influence daily life in the near future (2020).

Who Owns the Future?: This book is a "visionary reckoning" of the future by sociologist and future-theorist Jaron Lanier. This book seems interesting because it focuses on the relationship between digital networks and the economy to predict the future, rather than futuristic technology.

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies: This book focuses on advancing digital technology and the effects that digitization will have on our way of life. It talks about the ways certain jobs and roles will change due to this technology and also analyzes the economic impact of advancing technology.

After reading many reviews of each of these books, I have chosen to read The Second Machine Age. It had overall more positive reviews than the other two books, and it also seemed to be the most relatable to our study of the "Information Society".

Marien, Michael. "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies." Cadum 2.2 (2014): 174-9. ProQuest. Web. 14 Oct. 2014. 

Above is a citation to a quality academic review that I found on this book.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy your choice of book because I have a similar interest that influenced my choice of book: the changes technological advances bring to people's way of life and society as a whole. This is particularly interesting because we can so easily see the changes technology is bringing around us, so it's comforting to know that a more scholarly approach of examining these changes are being examined. I hope you enjoy your read.