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Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

Wednesday 07/November/2018 - 10:59 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh
Future Politics confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? The great political debate of the last century was about how much of our collective life should be determined by the state and what should be left to the market and civil society. In the future، the question will be how far our lives should be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems -- and on what terms?

Jamie Susskind argues that rapid and relentless innovation in a range of technologies -- from artificial intelligence to virtual reality -- will transform the way we live together. Calling for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics، he describes a world in which certain technologies and platforms، and those who control them، come to hold great power over us. Some will gather data about our lives، causing us to avoid conduct perceived as shameful، sinful، or wrong. Others will filter our perception of the world، choosing what we know، shaping what we think، affecting how we feel، and guiding how we act. Still others will force us to behave certain ways، like self-driving cars that refuse to drive over the speed limit.

Those who control these technologies -- usually big tech firms and the state -- will increasingly control us. They will set the limits of our liberty، decreeing what we may do and what is forbidden. Their algorithms will resolve vital questions of social justice، allocating social goods and sorting us into hierarchies of status and esteem. They will decide the future of democracy، causing it to flourish or decay.

A groundbreaking work of political analysis، Future Politics challenges readers to rethink what it means to be free or equal، what it means to have power or property، what it means for a political system to be just or democratic، and proposes ways in which we can -- and must -- regain control.

Hardcover: 544 pages
Author: Jamie Susskind
Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 1، 2018)
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.8 x 6.1 inches

About the Author
Jamie Susskind is an author، speaker، and practicing barrister. A past Fellow of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society، he studied history and politics at Magdalen College، Oxford.

Editorial Reviews
"Original and thought-provoking، this ground-breaking book challenges us to develop new policies for new times." --Gordon Brown، Prime Minister of the United Kingdom، 2007-2010

"Few understand politics. Even fewer understand technology. Susskind is that rare soul who understands both--and more importantly، how the latter will change the former. Whether correct or not--and I believe he is correct--there is no better glimpse into our shared future than this book." --Lawrence Lessig، Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership، Harvard Law School

"From Arendt to artificial intelligence، from Machiavelli to machine learning، Susskind seamlessly weaves modern technology with classic theory to present a tour de force introduction to the future - explaining with erudition and humor the powerful digital systems that will govern our lives." -- Beth Simone Noveck، Professor in Technology، Culture، and Society، New York University Tandon School of Engineering

"The power of computation، dispersed in space، integrated in the cloud، and enabled to operate on ever bigger data. What are the implications for our freedom، for our democratic control of our lives، and for establishing or maintaining justice? Jamie Susskind offers a pathbreaking exploration of the challenge that these issues pose for our political thinking and practice. It's a must-read." -- Philip Pettit، L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University and Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy، Australian National University

"Engineers and entrepreneurs are rebuilding the world. Politicians have to govern it. The risk is that they fail to understand each other -- with profound implications for the rest of us. Future Politics is the antidote: a lucid and essential guide to how technology is changing politics. Read it - and I hope our leaders do too." --Matt Clifford MBE، Co-Founder & CEO، Entrepreneur First

"This book crackles with ideas، sparking new thoughts with every page. And it is superbly organised، too. It's difficult to help people understand the past، but to help understand the future is a real achievement. Terrific." -- Lord Finkelstein، Associate Editor of The Times

"Remarkably comprehensive... Susskind's intervention is to note that recent events should force us to look in the mirror."--Boston Review

"Crucial reading... superb and necessary."--Observer (Guardian Book of the Day)

"Easily readable... books like this might help turn the tide... clear and precise... he steers a course to the future that is as convincing as it is shocking."--Sunday Times

"A work of clarity and effortless genius which is a must for anybody seeking to understand the impact of modern technology on our body politic."--Evening Standard

"Brilliant... detailed research، colourful examples، and a pacy، upbeat style... Future Politics will remain relevant for several years. All elected officials should read it as a matter of urgency."--Catholic Herald

"Tremendous talent... very readable."--Telegraph

"Rigorous and thoughtful... commendable intellectual breadth."--Literary Review

"A call for nothing less than... fundamental change."--Engineering & Technology

"A riveting book that sparkles with great ideas... visionary."--Frost Magazine

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