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Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
 

Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Smith, Brad
By Browne, Carol Ann
Foreword by Gates, Bill

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The instant New York Times bestseller. From Microsoft's president and one of the tech industry's broadest thinkers, a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates. A colorful and insightful ...insiders' view of how technology is both empowering and threatening us. From privacy to cyberattacks, this timely book is a useful guide for how to navigate the digital future. --Walter Isaacson Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: When your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create. This might seem uncontroversial, but it flies in the face of a tech sector long obsessed with rapid growth and sometimes on disruption as an end in itself. While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, we have reached an inflection point. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions like artificial intelligence. Companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation. In Tools and Weapons, Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne bring us a captivating narrative from the cockpit of one of the world's largest and most powerful tech companies as it finds itself in the middle of some of the thorniest emerging issues of our time. These are challenges that come with no preexisting playbook, including privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral conundrums of artificial intelligence, big tech's relationship to inequality, and the challenges for democracy, far and near. While in no way a self-glorifying Microsoft memoir, the book pulls back the curtain remarkably wide onto some of the company's most crucial recent decision points as it strives to protect the hopes technology offers against the very real threats it also presents. There are huge ramifications for communities and countries, and Brad Smith provides a thoughtful and urgent contribution to that effort.
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ISBN 9781984877734
Publisher Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781984877734
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin USA
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Smith, Brad
By Browne, Carol Ann
Foreword by Gates, Bill
Category Media Studies
Political Structure & Processes
Management & Management Techniques
Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 303.483
Weight 374g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Computer crimes, Computer science - Social aspects, Cyberspace - Social aspects, Digital electronics - Moral and ethical aspects
NBS Text Careers & Success
ONIX Text General/trade

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