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Too smart: how digital capitalism is extracting data, controlling our lives, and taking over the world, by Jathan Sadowski

September 26, 2020

In Too Smart, Jathan Sadowski looks at the proliferation of smart stuff in our lives and asks whether the tradeoff―exchanging our personal data for convenience and connectivity―is worth it. Sadowski explains how data, once the purview of researchers and policy wonks, has become a form of capital. Smart technology, he argues, is driven by the dual imperatives of digital capitalism: extracting data from, and expanding control over, everything and everybody. Technology gets smart from our data. We may enjoy the conveniences we get in return but smart technology advances the interests of corporate technocratic power―and will continue to do so unless we demand oversight and ownership of our data.


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