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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The Equality Machine - book out next week!

I am so very excited to share that my new book is coming out in exactly one week from today - The Equality Machine: Harnessing Digital Technology for a Brighter, More Inclusive Future (PublicAffairs 2022).

The Equality Machine is a cautiously optimistic response to the current techlash and fears of AI, automation, and datafication. I envision a more balanced path forward, one where we redirect digital technology for good. Much has been written about the challenges tech presents to equality and democracy. I argue that while we cannot stop technological development, we can steer its course according to our most fundamental values. Already, digital technology frequently has a comparative advantage over humans in detecting discrimination, correcting historical exclusions, subverting long-standing stereotypes, and addressing the world’s thorniest problems: climate, poverty, injustice, literacy, accessibility, speech, health, and safety. The book offers vivid case studies, analysis, new research, and stories of leaders from academia, policy, and industry—from labor markets to dating markets - from media to healthcare -that inspire to have skin in the tech game and restore human agency in a rapidly evolving artificial reality.

Science just reviewed the book ("a masterful analysis"). Kirkus review is here ("a compelling, hopeful, enthusiastic yet measured argument for technology’s potential to promote equality across many facets of culture and industry.") I am also very grateful for the advance reviews by colleagues including Larry Lessig, Martha Minow, Jonathan Zittrain, Adam Grant, Angela Duckworth, Dan Ariely, Gillian Hadfield, Frank Pasquale, Kate Darling, Jonah Berger , Oren Etzioni, and Dan Pink. 

I will post separately about upcoming talks in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Tel Aviv and more. But meanwhile - would love for all to read, share, and help spread the word - you can order the book now - hardcover, kindle, audible, everywhere you get your books. And looking forward to hearing your reactions and continuing the conversation!

The Equality Machine: Harnessing Digital Technology for a Brighter, More  Inclusive Future: Lobel, Orly: 9781541774759: Amazon.com: Books

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