Are Our Smart Devices Turning Us into Dumb Humans?

Are all of our “smart” devices training us to be “dumb” humans, too-often indistinguishable from mere machines? As click-through contracts and “like” buttons increasingly channel our social and personal relationships into algorithm-guided paths, are we losing something crucial about ourselves and our relationships? Is our very humanity at stake? In their new book, Re-Engineering Humanity, law scholar Brett Frischmann and philosopher Evan Selinger sound the alarm. I share their concern, so I am glad to see them taking on the problem in a rigorous and thoughtful way.

Full disclosure: Brett and I are friends, and we have discussed these ideas periodically since he first started research for the book. Brett knows that he can count on me to give him a hard time from a feminist perspective, for the good of the work. So here goes…

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1 thought on “Are Our Smart Devices Turning Us into Dumb Humans?

  1. jfreiden

    YEEEEEES — this is brilliant. Thank you!!

    On Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 8:42 AM Lara Freidenfelds wrote:

    > larafreidenfelds posted: “Are all of our “smart” devices training us to be > “dumb” humans, too-often indistinguishable from mere machines? As > click-through contracts and “like” buttons increasingly channel our social > and personal relationships into algorithm-guided paths, are we lo” >

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