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New Dark Age
Technology, Knowledge and the End of the Future
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Hardback
Hardback
$24.95
256 pages / July 17, 2018 / 9781786635471

Forthcoming

Ebook
Ebook
$9.99
July 17, 2018 / 9781786635501

Forthcoming

How the Information Age destroys knowledge

We live in times of increasing inscrutability. Our news feeds are filled with unverified, unverifiable speculation, much of it automatically generated by anonymous software. As a result, we no longer understand what is happening around us. Underlying all of these trends is a single idea: the belief that quantitative data can provide a coherent model of the world, and the efficacy of computable information to provide us with ways of acting within it. Yet the sheer volume of information available to us today reveals less than we hope. Rather, it heralds a new Dark Age: a world of ever-increasing incomprehension.

In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle offers us a warning against the future in which the contemporary promise of a new technologically assisted Enlightenment may just deliver its opposite: an age of complex uncertainty, predictive algorithms, surveillance, and the hollowing out of empathy. Surveying the history of art, technology and information systems he reveals the dark clouds that gather over discussions of the digital sublime

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“The young British artist is spearheading a conceptual-art movement—‘the New Aesthetic'—through Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, as he tries to capture technology’s strange effects on society.”

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