Blood in the Machine

Blood in the Machine The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech

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Longlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year

The most urgent story in modern tech begins not in Silicon Valley but two hundred years ago in rural England, when workers known as the Luddites rose up rather than starve at the hands of factory owners who were using automated machines to erase their livelihoods.

The Luddites organized guerrilla raids to smash those machines-on punishment of death-and won the support of Lord Byron, enraged the Prince Regent, and inspired the birth of science fiction. This all-but-forgotten class struggle brought nineteenth-century England to its knees.

Today, technology imperils millions of jobs, robots are crowding factory floors, and artificial intelligence will soon pervade every aspect of our economy. How will this change the way we live? And what can we do about it?

The answers lie in Blood in the Machine. Brian Merchant intertwines a lucid examination of our current age with the story of the Luddites, showing how automation changed our world-and is shaping our future.

Book information

ISBN: 9780316487740
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Little, Brown and Company
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.34
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 4992
Number of pages: xxiii, 465
Weight: 712g
Height: 164mm
Width: 244mm
Spine width: 39mm