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Blood in the machine : the origins of the rebellion against big tech / Brian Merchant.

Merchant, Brian, (author.).

"The true story of the first time machines came for human jobs--and how the Luddite uprising explains the power, threat, and toll of big tech today"--Dust jacket flap.
The most urgent story in modern tech begins not in Silicon Valley but two hundred years ago in rural England, when workers known as the Luddites rose up rather than starve at the hands of factory owners who were using automated machines to erase their livelihoods. The Luddites organized guerrilla raids to smash those machines--on punishment of death--and won the support of Lord Byron, enraged the Prince Regent, and inspired the birth of science fiction. This all-but-forgotten class struggle brought nineteenth-century England to its knees. Today, technology imperils millions of jobs, robots are crowding factory floors, and artificial intelligence will soon pervade every aspect of our economy. How will this change the way we live? And what can we do about it? The answers lie in Blood in the Machine. Brian Merchant intertwines a lucid examination of our current age with the story of the Luddites, showing how automation changed our world--and is shaping our future.

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  • ISBN: 9780316487740
  • ISBN: 0316487740
  • Physical Description: xxiii, 465 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-453) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Power looms -- The great coment -- Metropolis of discontent -- Breaking frames, breaking bones -- More value than work or gold -- The modern Prometheus -- The owners of the new machine age.
Subject: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Automation
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
Economic history
European history
History of engineering & technology
Automatic control engineering
United Kingdom, Great Britain
Georgian & Regency Britain
Industrial revolution > Great Britain.
Industrialization > Great Britain.
Technology and civilization.
Technology > Social aspects > Great Britain.

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Bethlehem Main Library 303.483 (Text) 33062009788747 New Adult Fiction Checked Out 12/18/2023

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