Here’s a list of books referenced in my new book Digital vs. Human or otherwise useful. I will update the list across 2016. If readers have any further suggestions please add to the comments. And yes, I know, the links are mostly to Amazon, but this is a blog and I figured it was easy in this particular instance. Order from a physical bookshop if you can.
Angwin, Julia, Dragnet Nation: a quest for privacy, security, and freedom in a world of relentless surveillance, Henry Holt, 2014. Video here.
Arkin, Ronald, Governing Lethal Behaviour in Autonomous Robots, Chapman and Hall, 2009
Armstrong, Stuart, Smarter Than Us: the rise of machine intelligence, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, 2015. Video here.
Barrat, James, Our Final Invention: artificial intelligence and the end of the Human Era, St Martin’s Press, 2013. Video here.
Bartlett, Jamie, The Dark Net: inside the digital underworld, William Heinemann, 2014. Video here.
Bell, Gordon and Gemmell, Jim, Total Recall: how the e-memory revolution will change
everything, Dutton, 2009.
Boyd, Danah, It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens, Yale University
Press, 2014. Video here.
Brynjolfsson, Erik and McAfee, Andrew, Race against the Machine: how the digital
revolution is accelerating innovation, driving productivity, and irreversibly
transforming employment and the economy, Digital Frontier, 2011. Video here. See also PDF.
——, The Second Machine Age: work, progress, and prosperity in a time of brilliant
technologies, WW Norton, 2014. Video here.
Bywater, Michael, Lost Worlds: what have we lost, and where did it go?, Granta, 2004
Christodoulou, Daisy, Seven Myths about Education, Routledge, 2014
Cowen, Tyler, Average is Over: powering America beyond the age of the great
stagnation, Dutton, 2013. Video here and here.
Dyson, George, Darwin among the Machines: the evolution of global intelligence,
Ford, Martin, Rise of the Robots: technology and the threat of a jobless future, Basic
Books, 2015. Video here.
Forsyth, Mark, The Unknown Unknown: bookshops and the delight of not getting what
you wanted, Icon, 2014
Gardner, Dan, Future Babble: why expert predictions are wrong — and why we believe
them anyway, Scribe, 2010, Video here.
Gardner, Howard and Davis, Kate, The App Generation: how today’s youth navigate
identity, intimacy, and imagination in a digital world, Yale University Press, 2013. Video here.
Gleick, James, Faster: the acceleration of just about everything, Pantheon, 1999. Discussion of book on video here.
Greenfield, Susan, Mind Change: how digital technologies are leaving their mark on our
brains, Rider, 2014. Video here.
Greenstein, Shane, How the Internet Became Commercial: innovation, privatisation, and
the birth of a new network, Princeton University Press, 2015. Video here.
Handy, Charles, The Empty Raincoat: making sense of the future, Hutchinson, 1993
——, The Second Curve: thoughts on reinventing society, Random House, 2015
Harris, Michael, The End of Absence: reclaiming what we’ve lost in a world of constant
connection, Current, 2014. VRadio interview here.
Head, Simon, Mindless: why smarter machines are making dumber humans, Basic
Johnson, Steven, Future Perfect: the case for progress in a networked age, Riverhead,
2012. Video here.
Kaplan, Jerry, Humans Need Not Apply: a guide to wealth and work in the age of
artificial intelligence, Yale University Press, 2015. Video here.
Keen, Andrew, Digital Vertigo: how today’s online society is dividing, diminishing, and disorientating us, St Martin’s Press, 2012. Video here.
——, The Internet is Not the Answer, Atlantic, 2014. Video here.
Lasch, Christopher, The Culture of Narcissism: American life in an age of diminishing expectations, WW Norton, 1978. Video here.
Louv, Richard, Last Child in the Woods: saving our children from nature-deficit
disorder, Algonquin Books, 2005. Video here.
Markoff, John, Machines of Loving Grace: the quest for common ground between
humans and robots, HarperCollins, 2015. Video here.
Marwick, Alice, Status Update: celebrity, publicity, and branding in the social media
age, Yale University Press, 2013. Radio interview here.
Mayer-Schnoberger, Viktor, Big Data: a revolution that will transform how we work,
live, and think, Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt, 2013. Video here.
——, Delete: the virtue of forgetting in the digital age, Princeton University Press, 2009. Video here.
Morozov, Evgeny, To Save Everything, Click Here: the folly of technological
solutionism, PublicAffairs, 2013. Video here.
Newton, Richard, The End of Nice: how to be human in a world run by robots, self-
published, 2015. Video here.
Pasquale, Frank, The Black Box Society: the secret algorithms that control money and
information, Harvard University Press, 2015. Video here.
Pinker, Susan, The Village Effect: how face-to-face contact can make us healthier,
happier, and smarter, Spiegel & Grau, 2014. Video here.
Postman, Neil, Amusing Ourselves to Death: public discourse in the age of show
business, Methuen, 1984
Rosen, Larry, iDisorder: understanding our obsession with technology and overcoming
its hold on us, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Rubin, Charles, Eclipse of Man: human extinction and the meaning of progress,
Encounter books, 2014.
Rushkoff, Douglas, Present Shock: when everything happens now, Current, 2013. Video here.
Saul, John, Voltaire’s Bastards: the dictatorship of reason in the West, Viking, 1991. Video here.
Schmidt, Eric and Cohen, Jared, The New Digital Age: reshaping the future of people,
nations, and business, Knopf, 2013. Video here.
Schumacher, E.F., Small is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered, Blond
& Briggs, 1973. Short film here.
Seidensticker, Bob, Future Hype: the myth of technology change, Berrett-Koehler, 2006
Silberman, Steve, Neurotribes: the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about
people who think differently, Allen & Unwin, 2015. Video here.
Singer, P.W., Wired for War: the robotics revolution and conflict in the 21st century,
Penguin Press, 2009. Video here.
Steiner, Christopher, Automate this: how algorithms came to rule our world, Portfolio,
2012. Video here.
Taylor, Frederick, The Downfall of Money: Germany’s hyperinflation and the destruction
of the middle class, Bloomsbury, 2013. Download here.
Tucker, Patrick, The Naked Future: what happens in a world that anticipates your every
move, Current, 2014. Video here.
Turkle, Sherry, Alone Together: why we expect more from technology and less from each
other, Basic Books, 2010. Video here.
——, Reclaiming Conversation: the power of talk in a digital age, Penguin Press, 2015. Video here.
Turner, Fred, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth
Network, and the rise of digital utopianism, University of Chicago Press, 2006. Video here.
Wallach, Wendell, A Dangerous Master: how to keep technology from slipping beyond
our control, Basic Books, 2015. Video here.
Wallman, James, Stuffocation: how we’ve had enough of stuff and why you need
experience more than ever, Crux, 2013
Zarkadakis, George, In Our Own Image: will artificial intelligence save or destroy us?,
Ebury, 2015. Video discussion here.
Zeldin, Theodore, An Intimate History of Humanity, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1994
——, The Hidden Pleasures of Life: a new way of remembering the past and imagining
the future, MacLehose Press, 2015