Cover of: New Dark Age | [by] James Bridle

New Dark Age

Technology and the end of the future

Published by Verso in London, UK, Brooklyn, USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a better world. In actual fact, we are lost in a sea of information, increasingly divided by fundamentalism, simplistic narratives, conspiracy theories, and post-factual politics. Meanwhile, those in power use our lack of understanding to further their own interests. Despite the accessibility of information, we're living in a new Dark Age. From rogue financial systems to shopping algorithms, from artificial intelligence to state secrecy, we no longer understand how our world is governed or presented to us. The media is filled with unverifiable speculation, much of it generated by anonymous software, while companies dominate their employees through surveillance and the threat of automation. In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle excavates the limits of technology and how it aids our understanding of the world. Surveying the history of art, technology, and information systems, he explores the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.

Table of Contents

1 Chasm 1
2 Computation 17
3 Climate 47
4 Calculation 77
5 Complexity 103
6 Cognition 135
7 Complicity 161
8 Conspiracy 187
9 Concurrency 215
10 Cloud 241
Acknowledgements 255
Notes 257
Index 281

Edition Notes

Verso is the imprint of New Left Books.
Typeset in Sabon by Biblichor Ltd, Edinburgh.
Printed in the US by Maple Press.
Includes notes and index.

Copyright Date
2018

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
303.48' 3 [ddc23]
Library of Congress
T 14.5 B745 2018

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
294 p. : black & white illustrations, photographs and charts
Number of pages
304
Dimensions
21.7 x 14.8 x 2.8 centimeters
Weight
481 grams

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26493046M
ISBN 10
178663547X
ISBN 13
9781786635471
LC Control Number
2018005480
OCLC/WorldCat
1044632699
Library Thing
21957158
Goodreads
39795436

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