Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Book - 2016
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Why doesn't the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone?

What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else?

When protesters shattered the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work, their anger may have been justifiable, but it was misdirected. The true conflict of our age isn't between the unem­ployed and the digital elite, or even the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Rather, a tornado of technological improvements has spun our economic program out of control, and humanity as a whole--the protesters and the Google employees as well as the shareholders and the executives--are all trapped by the consequences. It's time to optimize our economy for the human beings it's supposed to be serving.

In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology. Tying together disparate threads--big data, the rise of robots and AI, the increasing participation of algorithms in stock market trading, the gig economy, the collapse of the eurozone--Rushkoff provides a critical vocabulary for our economic moment and a nuanced portrait of humans and commerce at a critical crossroads.

Publisher: New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2016]
ISBN: 9781617230172
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 RUSHKOFF
Characteristics: viii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Oct 01, 2016

Don't understand why digital startups that produce no operating profit and create no new jobs are valued at billions of dollars? Douglas Rushkoff explains. IMHO, I would rate "Throwing Rocks At The Google Bus" at 5.0 stars.

Before an IPO is issued, private venture capital should be forced by law to carry a digital startup until it produces a consistent operating profit.

Mar 01, 2016

I have no doubt the author has been awarded numerous prizies for his continuing befuddled, nonsensical, misleading, addled and just plain disingenuous writing!
Yay for Princeton!!!!!
On a more somber note, the author wants us to believe this just happened, nothing came about by design, who knew what the super-rich would wrought with NAFTA, GATT, WTO, WTO Financial Services Agreement specifying the adoption of international usage of credit derivatives, credit default swaps, et cetera, et cetera!
Drivel read is drivel learned?
[Memo to Rushkoff: one-half of all new IT hires are foreign visa workers - - in an analysis of a so-called 277,000 new jobs created this past year, over 100,000 were based upon // assumptions \\ with the majority of the remainder going to foreign visa workers! Kind of kills your thesis, now don't it?????]


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