- Tapa dura: 352 páginas
- Editor: PublicAffairs (26 de mayo de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 161039528X
- ISBN-13: 978-1610395281
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Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology (Inglés) Tapa dura – 26 may 2015
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Winner of the 2016 PROSE Award in Business, Finance & Management "It is notable...when a techie insider steps outside the tent to chastise his tribe at book length -- and has the gall to both criticize and dedicate the book to his former boss, Bill Gates. Kentaro Toyama, a computer scientist who once ran a lab for Microsoft Research, seems determined to burn his bridge to the technology world with Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology... The book takes a spike-studded tire iron to the efforts by technology entrepreneurs and their enablers to reimagine how we eat, learn, heal, govern and battle poverty."--Anand Giridharadas, New York Times "In this incisive book, Toyama cures us of the manic rhetoric of digital utopians and reinvigorates us with a deeply people-centric view of social change. ...Geek Heresy is a heartwarming reminder that it's human wisdom, not machines, that move our world forward." --National Geographic Online "Everyone working in any facet of education and educational nonprofits needs to read Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology; put down whatever other books you're reading--you are reading, right?--and get a copy of this one." --Seliger & Associates "Toyama lays down eloquently his bone of contention that technology merely amplifies the human condition." --New Indian Express "Toyama's research reminds us that there are very few one-size-fits-all solutions. If technology is going to improve the lives of the world's poorest, it must be grounded in a deep understanding of human behavior and an appreciation for cultural differences." --Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation "Read this book! With engaging stories and penetrating insight, Toyama reveals that even the most powerful technologies can't cure our social ills, and he inspires us toward a more deeply human kind of progress."--Ben Mezrich, author of Accidental Billionaires "Controversial yet inspiring...Geek Heresy is a must read for anyone who is passionate about social change...Everyone from field staff and managers to researchers and funders will benefit from his unique perspective; geeks and non-geeks, alike. Finally, we have a book that can help temper our technology addiction with an approach guided by critical thought and practical application."--Global South Development Magazine
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After a decade designing technologies meant to address education, health, and global poverty, award-winning computer scientist Kentaro Toyama came to a difficult conclusion: Even in an age of amazing technology, social progress depends on human changes that gadgets can't deliver.Computers in Bangalore are locked away in dusty cabinets because teachers don't know what to do with them. Mobile phone apps meant to spread hygiene practices in Africa fail to improve health. Executives in Silicon Valley evangelize novel technologies at work even as they send their children to Waldorf schools that ban electronics. And four decades of incredible innovation in America have done nothing to turn the tide of rising poverty and inequality. Why then do we keep hoping that technology will solve our greatest social ills?In this incisive book, Toyama cures us of the manic rhetoric of digital utopians and reinvigorates us with a deeply people-centric view of social change. Contrasting the outlandish claims of tech zealots with stories of people like Patrick Awuah, a Microsoft millionaire who left his engineering job to open Ghana's first liberal arts university, and Tara Sreenivasa, a graduate of a remarkable South Indian school that takes impoverished children into the high-tech offices of Goldman Sachs and Mercedes-Benz, Geek Heresy is a heartwarming reminder that it's human wisdom, not machines, that move our world forward.Ver Descripción del producto
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Kentaro Toyama takes us on an intellectual yet deeply personal journey through his many years of seeking technology solutions for global poverty. On the one hand, his search was wildly successful: though the book does not tout it, his projects gained widespread acclaim for their creativity and rigor, and he became an authoritative leader of an international research community with similar aspirations. If anyone in the world was going to demonstrate how technology could help the developing world, it was Toyama.
Unexpectedly, however, Toyama's search led him to an inconvenient truth: that technology may NOT be the most important agent of social change. With disarming honesty and humility, Toyama explains how -- time and time again -- the technologies invented by himself and colleagues were most useful to highly motivated and capable organizations, rather than the poor and downcast communities that he sought to help. In other words, technology always served as an amplifier of existing social forces -- including existing inequalities -- rather than offering any particular benefit for the poor.
Due to his unique insider's perspective, Toyama's critique of technocratic solutions is no less incisive than William Easterly's critique of the aid industry. From the slums of Bangalore, to the classrooms of Accra, to the rice fields of Jharkhand and the streets of Karachi, Toyama offers a vivid yet intimate narrative that gently leads the reader to his hard-hitting conclusions. Along the way, Toyama also provides a masterful review of related research findings (including 90 pages of detailed notes and references).
"Geek Heresy" is far more than a critique, however. In the second half of the book, Toyama offers a compelling alternative to a technology-centric view of social change. Instead of investing in technology, we should invest in people. Instead of seeking quick and flashy changes, we should slowly nurture human hearts, minds, and wills. Instead of assessing people's "needs", we should assess their aspirations, and offer mentorship to help fulfill those aspirations.
Ambitious and powerfully presented, Toyama's vision for development holds its own against other heavyweight philosophers, from Adam Smith to Amartya Sen. It forces us to reconsider our assumptions about human growth and well-being, and inspires us to create a brighter and more sustainable future. Transcending his background as a technology researcher, Toyama's message will appeal to innovators, educators, and policy makers alike.
If every mid-career professional could spend a decade traveling the world to apply their talents for the benefit of marginalized populations, I am sure there would be no shortage of epiphanies on hand. But for the vast majority of us who are unable to do that, this book brings the epiphany to the comfort of your armchair. Buy it, read it, share it, but beware: it might just change your worldview.
Dr. Kentaro Toyama understands these issues intimately -- he holds advanced degrees in computer science and physics, was the founding assistant director of Microsoft Research India, and has melded both academics with on-the-ground experiences in examining these problems.
His enormous knowledge-base is evident in "Geek Heresy", but in a way that laymen can understand. I found Toyama easy to digest, compelling in his positions and powerful in his storytelling.
He turns back the curtain on much-lauded "successes" that have garnered headlines, but which few people have bothered to follow up and investigate the effectiveness -- he shows how "a computer for every classroom" fails to deliver, because the programs don't follow the curriculum, there is no funding and support for maintenance, and that programs like "One Laptop Per Child" simply do not translate into educational achievement, especially without teachers and staff. In essence, he dismantles the fallacy of technology as a one-stop shop for poverty intervention.
Simultaneously, he shines a light on underrepresented programs that are hitting high marks outside the usual circles and public limelight. Programs like Shanti Bhavan, which invests in long-term educational intervention and ensures that the children who graduate go onto poverty-alleviating careers.
Toyama's "Geek Heresy" is a must read for anyone interested in understanding why billions of dollars spent on technology and poverty has failed to yield proportional results, and the road we must take to break out of a pattern of failure and onto a new model of successful intervention.