James Bridle: New Dark Age – Technology and the End of the Future

Title: New Dark Age - Technology and the End of the Future
Published by: Verso, London
Release Date: 2019
Contributors: James BRIDLE
Pages: 296
ISBN13: 978-1-78663-548-8

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As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a better world.

In reality, we are lost in a sea of information, increasingly divided by fundamentalism, simplistic narratives, conspiracy theories, and post-factual politics. Meanwhile, those in power use our lack of understanding to further their own interests. Despite the apparent accessibility of information, we’re living in a new Dark Age.

In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle surveys the history of art, technology, and information systems, and reveals the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.