Franklin Foer and Eric Smit: World Withouth Mind
We socialize on Facebook, shop at Amazon and rely on Google for information. Without considering the consequences the world has embraced the products and services of big technology companies. They sell their efficiency and diversity to make the world a better place, but meanwhile their algorithms lead to uniformity, and end to privacy, and an overdose of comfort.
With his latest book World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, the noted American journalist Franklin Foer wrote a fierce critique on 'big tech'. Foer aims at the hold technology companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook have on culture and society. He puts their mechanisms of automation and homogenization under the magnifying glass and explains their existential threat to our way of life. His criticism centres on the idea that they have become monopolies. Elegantly, Franklin Foer maps the history of computer technology - from Enlightenment through Alan Turing and Stewart Brand to today's Silicon Valley - showing not only the imminent crisis but also the need for resistance.
This October the Dutch translation of his book World Without Mind is published at Bezige Bij: Ontzielde wereld. De existentiële dreiging van Big Tech
Franklin Foer (1974) is an American journalist and writes for, among others, Slate, New York Magazine and Atlantic. His book How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization was a worldwide success. As editor at The New Republic, he wrote about Amazon which resulted in a confrontation with the owner and tech millionaire Chris Hughes. That experience is partly the basis of his new book World Without Mind.
Franklin Foer is the eldest brother of best selling author Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated) and journalist Joshua Foer (Moonwalking with Einstein). Both younger brothers state Franklin as 'the brilliant of us three'.
Eric Smit (1967) is one of the best known research journalists in the Netherlands. He is founder of the online magazine Follow The Money. He was a professional squasher, studied economics and debuted at the Quote magazine. He takes a critical look at business and strives for renewal in journalism with Follow The Money.
At B-Unlimited on 20th October Franklin Foer talked about his book World Without Mind, his activism and his career in journalism with Eric Smit.
Program compiled by Patrick van der Hijden (Writers Unlimited)
Book sales: Van Stockum Boekverkopers
B-Unlimited Friday 20th October
Franklin Foer and Eric Smit - World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.
Centrale Bibliotheek, Studio B, Spui 68, Den Haag