Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

Kentaro Toyama


After a decade designing applied sciences intended to handle schooling, future health, and international poverty, award-winning machine scientist Kentaro Toyama got here to a tough end: Even in an age of fantastic expertise, social growth is dependent upon human adjustments that devices can’t deliver.

Computers in Bangalore are locked away in dusty cupboards simply because lecturers don’t comprehend what to do with them. cell phone apps intended to unfold hygiene practices in Africa fail to enhance health and wellbeing. Executives in Silicon Valley evangelize novel applied sciences at paintings at the same time they ship their little ones to Waldorf faculties that ban electronics. and 4 many years of brilliant innovation in the US have performed not anything to show the tide of emerging poverty and inequality. Why then can we continue hoping that know-how will remedy our best social ills?

In this incisive e-book, Toyama remedies us of the manic rhetoric of electronic utopians and reinvigorates us with a deeply people-centric view of social switch. Contrasting the outlandish claims of tech zealots with tales of individuals like Patrick Awuah, a Microsoft millionaire who left his engineering task to open Ghana’s first liberal arts collage, and Tara Sreenivasa, a graduate of a extraordinary South Indian institution that takes impoverished little ones into the high-tech places of work of Goldman Sachs and Mercedes-Benz, Geek Heresy is a heartwarming reminder that it’s human knowledge, now not machines, that circulate our international forward.

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