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Peter Warren Singer graduated with a BA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned his Ph.D. in Government at Harvard University. Previous career experiences include working for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard mostra'n més University, the Balkans Task Force in the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Peace Academy. He also served as the Defense Policy Task Force coordinator for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Singer is the Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution and was the youngest scholar named a Senior Fellow by the Institution. He has written the following books about contemporary warfare: Corporate Warriors, Children at War, and Wired for War. Corporate Warriors, about private companies providing services to the military, was named best book of the year by the American Political Science Association. Children at War, which examines the role of child soldiers, was recognized as the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book of the Year Award. Wired for War became a New York Times bestseller in the first week of its release and focuses on current technologies being used in warfare, including robotics. Singer is a frequent consultant and commentator and has written numerous articles for major publications including the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and World Policy Journal, as well as spoken on the radio and appeared on television. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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“LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media” collects much of what we know about the manipulation of the 2016 US election and 2016 UK Brexit vote and extrapolates that to envisage a world where politics is ultimately a funhouse of reflective mirrors or puppet show, the puppeteers well hidden in the fabric of the Internet.

We now know what deep fakes and realtime audio-video manipulation can do to the voting public and even warring opponents in realtime conflicts.

The book did not get into 3D, VR, or AR construction, although it could have.

But it did make me realize that not only are we on the cusp of radical changes to how we perceive life and society. We are likely on the cusk of an incredibly different art form.

New “authors” could create memoirs or biographies, for example, that construct avatars are the real thing and walk us through 3-D landscapes and give us the ability to interact with characters in the drama.

We’d certainly need advanced literacy to gauge the truth and beauty in such artworks much as we have modern literary criticism.
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MylesKesten | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is a good book, but not that well written. However, it's message about the use of unmanned weapons of war is fascinating and sobering. Unmanned bomber drones are just the beginning. Those sci-fi video games are closer to reality than we think.
MylesKesten | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is an excellent, frightening book. It will change the way I engage with social media.
jjbinkc | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Aug 27, 2023 |
It's the near-future, when electric driverless cars are the norm along with a lot more autonomous machines, and the first potential independent robot is paired with an FBI agent. There is a lot of dissatisfaction with lost jobs. Ready? Go. :) While the first half of the book was slow for me, the second half made up for it. Though Agent Keegan is the main character, we get several points of view during the course of the story.

We are spared massive detail; there are numerous footnotes to the bibliography. The story is 85% of the book. Most of the rest is the reference material.

The editing for this novel was fairly consistent, right up to where there really ought to have been a scene break as we hop from a medical intern's POV to one of the bad guys. Whoops. And then there is another head-hop not long after. That's the biggest flaw.

Why four stars? While this is readable and interesting, Keegan, TAMS, and Todd are the only characters who felt three-dimensional to me. So, while I appreciate the layered messages (tech is here to stay, the general populace is absolutely not in charge of any part of it, and "good" is subjective), it just adds to the plot-heavy, character-light sf that I wandered away from years ago.
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terriaminute | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Dec 4, 2022 |



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