Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being - Signed Edition (Hardback)Paul Mason (author)
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Another stirring critique of the modern condition from the former Newsnight editor and author of Postcapitalism. Mason examines the sinister implications of artificial intelligence and the dystopian scenario of a world run by machines that know us better than we do ourselves.
A passionate defence of humanity and a work of radical optimism from the international bestselling author of Postcapitalism
How do we preserve what makes us human in an age of uncertainty? Are we now just consumers shaped by market forces? A sequence of DNA? A collection of base instincts? Or will we soon be supplanted by algorithms and A.I. anyway?
In Clear Bright Future, Paul Mason calls for a radical, impassioned defence of the human being, our universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world around us.
Ranging from economics to Big Data, from neuroscience to the culture wars, he draws from his on-the-ground reporting from mass protests in Istanbul to riots in Washington, as well as his own childhood in an English mining community, to show how the notion of humanity has become eroded as never before.
In this book Paul Mason argues that we are still capable - through language, innovation and co-operation - of shaping our future. He offers a vision of humans as more than puppets, customers or cogs in a machine. This work of radical optimism asks: Do you want to be controlled? Or do you want something better?
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'...it has quick wit, vivid prose and makes rapid and stimulating connections... shine[s] a light on what powers the Corbyn revolution – its optimism, indeed its utopianism.' - The Financial Times
'Paul Mason is doing something remarkable in this book, though it shouldn't be remarkable: he's focusing on the nature of being human, and how this is affected for better or worse by social, economic, and political forces that might seem overwhelming. It's the best analysis of neo-liberalism that I've seen for a long time, and puts our lives in a richly described context. Best of all, it's written with clarity and passion. I hope it'll change many minds.' - Philip Pullman
'Amid the ruins of many modern ideologies, Paul Mason's consistently bracing book offers a guide to a sustainable future - one that we can still shape with a fresh transformational vision of what it means to be free human being. Everyone should read it.' - Pankaj Mishra