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Tyler Cowen. Online retailers Or. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. Sign up to our newsletter using your email. Thank you! In chess, there is no room for ambiguity and errors necessarily become evident, or are prevented from ever occurring by the existence of the rules.

Average Is Over Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

Judgment, something that machines will never provide, is wholly unnecessary. This is a blinkered vision that refuses to admit that human judgment cannot, or at least never will, be reduced to a set of measured inputs subjected to an algorithm. Similarly, Cowen describes the very mixed bag of technology assistance existing with GPS systems, gasoline pumps, self-checkout lines and the rest, fully admitting that they are far from perfect, and often worse than the human-centered alternatives.

We are not told. Some branches fell at my house and now the cable wire is hanging dangerously low against some bushes. Please let me know some times when someone could come by to fix it.

But more to the point, Cowen offers us nothing but faith that it will, or that it will not be accompanied by the mandate to watch a glitchy two-minute advertising video before he is permitted to address the sensors. For Cowen, the future will always be better, if it is centered around technology. He thinks anything can be measured, objectively quantified and communicated.

Thus, when Cowen concludes that as a result of all these magic machines, the gap between the successful and the unsuccessful will grow, the reader chuckles grimly, because the magic machines are ludicrous. The gap may grow, but this is not why.

This set of claims, by itself, would merely be somewhat silly and somewhat interesting though we get way too much information about the details of Freestyle. But this is the trope that Cowen then carries through the rest of the book—intelligent machines will combine with the most intelligent humans to produce results unavailable without using both machine and human, and those humans unable or unwilling to so act will be left behind, so many hand weavers and floppy disk craftsmen.

Nobody tell Trump, though, that his moral betters have found the real answer and it involves debasing Americans to favor foreigners.

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All are dubious. For example, he pushes education, namely MOOCs, which since this book was written have in no way fulfilled their promise, or any promise in part doubtless because college education today usually offers little education, but rather is mostly a filtering device used by employers, and a place for elites to meet other elites.

And then he goes off the rails. I have no doubt that computer chess can stimulate intelligence, and that computerized chess makes the game more available, especially to those physically isolated in the past from other chess players, thus it is no surprise prodigies are getting younger.

Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of The Great Stagnation

A vanishingly small percentage of children voluntarily choose to use electronic devices for actual learning. In any case, in the real world, whether or not technology further accelerates the process, Cowen apparently believes that the non-clustered lumpenproletariat of flyover country must be brought to understand that their moral betters in the cities owe them nothing and they have no claim on them. This is very shortsighted as a social matter.