Orly Lobel’s latest publication will be released on October 18. Here’s her description:
I am excited to share with you the news about my book The Equality Machine: Harnessing Digital Technology for a Brighter, More Inclusive Future (PublicAffairs 2022). The Equality Machine is a cautiously optimistic response to the current “techlash” and fears of AI, automation, and datafication. I envision a more balanced path forward, one where we redirect digital technology for good. Much has been written about the challenges tech presents to equality and democracy. I argue that while we cannot stop technological development, we can steer its course according to our most fundamental values. Already, digital technology frequently has a comparative advantage over humans in detecting discrimination, correcting historical exclusions, subverting long-standing stereotypes, and addressing the world’s thorniest problems: climate, poverty, injustice, literacy, accessibility, speech, health, and safety. The book offers vivid examples, new research, and interviews and stories of leaders from academia, policy, and industry—from labor markets to dating markets-that inspire to have skin in the tech game and restore human agency in a rapidly evolving artificial reality. Kirkus just reviewed the book calling it a compelling, hopeful, enthusiastic yet measured argument for technology’s potential to promote equality across many facets of culture and industry. I am also very grateful for the advance praise by Larry Lessig, Martha Minow, Jonathan Zittrain, Adam Grant, Angela Duckworth, Dan Ariely, Gillian Hadfield, Frank Pasquale, Kate Darling, Jonah Berger, and Dan Pink.
Selected upcoming book talks:
Cambridge, MA: Saturday, October 22, at 5:30 pm ET