Shoshana Zuboff “The Age of Surveillance Captialism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of AI” – book review

The phrase “surveillance capitalism” has been appearing in the newspapers recently as a way of describing the business practice of Google and Facebook. The phrase was coined by Shoshana Zuboff’s book The Age of Surveillance Captialism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of AI. The book begins with a definition of surveillance capitalism Sur-veil-lance Cap-i-tal-ism, n. A new economic order that … Continue reading Shoshana Zuboff “The Age of Surveillance Captialism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of AI” – book review

Arthur Schopenhauer “On the Suffering of the World” – book review

“Each of us is here being punished for his existence and each in his own particular way” (On the Suffering of the World) I picked up this book while waiting for a job interview and feeling slightly mournful about everything. It seemed appropriate. All I knew about Schopenhauer came from my high school textbook: a healthy dose of pessimism and a fascination with Eastern philosophy. … Continue reading Arthur Schopenhauer “On the Suffering of the World” – book review

The Social Media Influencer, The Minimalist and the Sustainability Lover: or three religions of the West

Before you tune out, I should probably clarify that these attitudes have absolutely NOTHING to do with religion. Well, at least theoretically…   The Social Media Influencer The Influencer believes that existence is absolutely impossible without being shared. Hence the constant presence of the mobile phone in their right hand. Social Media Influence is a demanding religious belief requiring photo and video sacrifices every few … Continue reading The Social Media Influencer, The Minimalist and the Sustainability Lover: or three religions of the West

Viktor E. Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning” – book review

I’ve been planning to read this book for quite some time. I heard it was an essay about the meaning of life written by a psychiatrist (or logotherapist as he calls himself) who was also an Auschwitz survivor. As such, my expectations were sky high and so perhaps easily disappointed. After all, if any one book explained the meaning of life, wouldn’t everything be solved? … Continue reading Viktor E. Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning” – book review

Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is definitely not a work of history. If you want a short outline of events that leads up to now, you are in the wrong place. Yuval Noah Harari is much more interested in the history of ideas that made humans what they are. That said, his narratives, though they may be based on fact ( I use the … Continue reading Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review