Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity.
In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression: money, for example, has transformed from a means of exchange to a means of exploitation, and education has become an extension of occupational training. Digital-age technologies have only amplified these trends, presenting the greatest challenges yet to our collective autonomy: robots taking our jobs, algorithms directing our attention, and social media undermining our democracy. But all is not lost. It’s time for Team Human to take a stand, regenerate the social bonds that define us and, together, make a positive impact on this earth.
“A provocative, exciting, and important rallying cry to reassert our human spirit of community and teamwork by reclaiming control of our technology.” – Walter Isaacson
“Original and uplifting. Just the book America needs right now. In his unique and engaging style, Rushkoff reminds us of our human essence: we are social creatures, and if we trust this truth about ourselves we can accomplish the seemingly impossible.” –Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and Daring Democracy
“Technology extends our capacities in all directions. It can be a force for good, or amplify our self-destructive capacities… and lately, we are seeing way too many examples of the latter. In Team Human, the always brilliant Douglas Rushkoff reminds us that the tools we design, design us in turn, (for better or for worse), and offers a vision to invert our tools and make them better..” —Jason Silva
“Doug is a vivid thinker, an insightful and acerbic antidote to Facebook, cultural hegemony and the corporatization of everything.” – Seth Godin, bestselling author of The Dip, Linchpin, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn
“An astonishing, paradigm-shifting must-read for all inhabitants of the 21st century. Precisely and cogently written. Rushkoff’s best work so far.” – Grant Morrison
“Rushkoff is the gold standard. He always knows what tech is up to — and he’s usually prophetic. Now he’s here to tell us how our Silicon masters are attempting to pit us against one another for their own gain. Go Team Human.” -Walter Kirn, author of Blood Will Out and Up in the Air
“Can the revolution start already? This book will help us. I’ve been a devotee of Douglas Rushkoff’s for 25 years. He’s my favorite voice of our generation.” -Parker Posey