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    • The Efficiency Paradox

    • What Big Data Can't Do
    • By: Edward Tenner
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    Melding the long-term history of technology with the latest headlines and findings of computer science and social science, The Efficiency Paradox questions our ingrained assumptions about efficiency, persuasively showing how relying on the algorithms of digital platforms can in fact lead to wasted efforts, missed opportunities, and above all an inability to break out of established patterns. Edward Tenner offers a smarter way of thinking about efficiency, revealing what we and our institutions can learn from the random and unexpected.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An extremely useful book, told slightly monotonically

    • By Ovidiu on 05-15-18

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Our Own Devices

    • How Technology Remakes Humanity
    • By: Edward Tenner
    • Narrated by: Basil Sands
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Once we step on the treadmill of progress, it's hard to step off. Yet Edward Tenner shows that human ingenuity can be applied in self-preservation as well, and he sheds light on the ways in which the users of commonplace technology surprise designers and engineers, as when early typists developed the touch method still employed on today's keyboards. And he offers concrete advice for reaping benefits from the devices that we no longer seem able to live without. Although dependent on these objects, we can also use them to liberate ourselves.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Why Things Bite Back

    • Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
    • By: Edward Tenner
    • Narrated by: Steve Kramer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In this perceptive and provocative look at everything from computer software that requires faster processors and more support staff to antibiotics that breed resistant strains of bacteria, Edward Tenner offers a virtual encyclopedia of what he calls "revenge effects" - the unintended consequences of the mechanical, chemical, biological, and medical forms of ingenuity that have been hallmarks of the progressive, improvement-obsessed modern age.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A SINGULAR work on Technology and it's effects.

    • By vurnt22 on 05-28-15

    Regular price: $24.95