All the Ghosts in the Machine

All the Ghosts in the Machine The Digital Afterlife of Your Personal Data

Paperback (23 Jan 2020) | English

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Synopsis

'As charming and touching as it is astute and insightful'
Adam Alter, New York Times bestselling author of Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink

'This a very useful book, even perhaps for people who have never been near a computer in their lives'
Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph

Seen any ghosts on your smartphone lately?

As we're compelled to capture, store and share more and more of our personal information, there's something we often forget. All that data doesn't just disappear when our physical bodies shuffle off this mortal coil. If the concept of remaining socially active after you're no longer breathing sounds crazy, you might want to get used to the idea. Digital afterlives are a natural consequence of the information age, a reality that barely anyone has prepared for - and that 'anyone' probably includes you.

In All the Ghosts in the Machine, psychologist Elaine Kasket sounds a clarion call to everyone who's never thought about death in the digital age. When someone's hyperconnected, hyperpersonal digital footprint is transformed into their lasting legacy, she asks, who is helped, who is hurt, and who's in charge? And why is now such a critical moment to take our heads out of the sand?

Weaving together personal, moving true stories and scientific research, All the Ghosts in the Machine takes you on a fascinating tour through the valley of the shadow of digital death. In the process, it will transform how you think about your life and your legacy, in a time when our technologies are tantalising us with fantasies of immortality.

About the Publisher

Robinson

Robinson

Little, Brown is the literary hardback imprint that feeds into our Abacus paperback list. We publish across a wide range of areas, including fiction, history, memoir, science and travel, but within this diverse list the vast majority of books have in common a strong narrative and a distinctive voice.

Book information

ISBN: 9781472141903
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Robinson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.9
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 14531
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 240g
Height: 127mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 20mm