Dex Torricke-Barton

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Defending the Future

book | Non-Fiction | Sep 2021

What we've got wrong about tech — and what we need to do to fix it. A manifesto for how innovators, politicians and all of us can restore trust in technology and reclaim our future.

Dex Torricke-Barton believes we’ve got more to welcome than to fear when it comes to the impact of technology on society, and that much of the popular criticism of tech is wrong and sensationalist. Defending the Future will present an agenda for how we move forward from here and make technology a more valuable servant for society, even as it is an ever-more ubiquitous presence in our daily lives.

Informed by almost a decade spent at the heart of the global tech industry, Dex’s extensive and direct work with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Elon Musk and Eric Schmidt means he writes from a vantage point few others share — and from which even fewer have written. Having played a critical role in developing the vision and public platforms of these leaders and organisations, shaping the stories of the technologies and companies that are at the centre of many of the debates today about the role of tech in our society and the failures and responsibilities of the industry, he’s uniquely placed both to prick tech’s conscience and to shed light on the real risks of some of our interactions with it.

There are plenty of books about ‘the techlash.’ This book moves us on from denial or accusation to lay out an agenda for moving us forward, so that we can recapture the value of tech, and the tech industry can be a more constructive and trusted contributor to building our future.


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