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Towards Digital Enlightenment

Essays on the Dark and Light Sides of the Digital Revolution

Editors: Helbing, Dirk (Ed.)

  • A new collection of essays by the author of the successful volume Thinking Ahead - Essays on Big Data, Digital Revolution, and Participatory Market Society
  • Examines the dangers of a world in which algorithms and social bots aim to control both the societal dynamics and individual behaviors. 
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  • Introduces novel approaches on how to redefine collective trust and build platforms to support core societal values
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  • Due: October 4, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90869-4
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About this book

This new collection of essays follows in the footsteps of the successful volume Thinking Ahead - Essays on Big Data, Digital Revolution, and Participatory Market Society, published at a time when our societies were on a path to technological totalitarianism, as exemplified by mass surveillance reported by Edward Snowden and others.

 

Meanwhile the threats have diversified and tech companies have gathered enough data to create detailed profiles about almost everyone living in the modern world - profiles that can predict our behavior better than our friends, families, or even partners. This is not only used to manipulate peoples’ opinions and voting behaviors, but more generally to influence consumer behavior at all levels. It is becoming increasingly clear that we are rapidly heading towards a cybernetic society, in which algorithms and social bots aim to control both the societal dynamics and individual behaviors.

About the authors

Dirk Helbing is Professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences and member of the Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich, as well as co-founder of ETH Zurich’s Risk Center. He is internationally known for the scientific coordination of the FuturICT Initiative (http://www.futurict.eu), which focuses on the understanding of techno-socioeconomic systems, using Smart Data. Helbing is elected member of the German Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina” and worked in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems. He is also a board member of the Global Brain Institute in Brussels and of the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES) in Geneva.

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eBook $19.99
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 4, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90869-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover $27.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: September 6, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90868-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Towards Digital Enlightenment
Book Subtitle
Essays on the Dark and Light Sides of the Digital Revolution
Editors
  • Dirk Helbing
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90869-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90869-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-90868-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 229
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 illustrations in colour
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