New Books Network

Neil Selwyn, “What is Digital Sociology?” (Polity, 2019)
The rise of digital technology is transforming the world in which we live. Our digitalized societies demand new ways of thinking about the social, and this short book introduces readers to an approach that can deliver this: digital sociology. In What is Digital Sociology? (Polity, 2019), Neil Selwyn examines the... Read More
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, “Übermensch: Plädoyer Für Einen Nietzscheanischen Transhumanismus” (Schwabe, 2019)
In this episode I talk Stefan Lorenz Sorgner. Stefan teaches philosophy at John Cabot University in Rome. He is director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities at Ewha Woman’s University... Read More
Jacob Turner, “Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
In his new book Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), Jacob Turner explains why AI is unique, what legal and ethical problems it could cause, and how we can address them. It argues that AI is unlike is any other previous technology, owing to its ability to take... Read More
Kate Devlin, “Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots” (Bloomsbury, 2018)
The idea of the seductive sex robot is the stuff of myth, legend and science fiction. From the ancient Greeks to twenty-first century movies, robots in human form have captured our imagination, our hopes and our fears. But beyond the fantasies there are real and fundamental questions about our relationship... Read More
Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, “Data Feminism” (MIT Press, 2020)
The increased datafication our interactions and permeation of data science into more aspects of our lives requires analysis of the systems of power surrounding and undergirding data. The impacts of the creation, use, collection, and aggregation of data are such that individuals from various communities face disparate, negative impacts. In... Read More
Michael Rectenwald, “Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom” (New English Review, 2019)
In his book about enormous sea changes brought about by digital technology, Michael Rectenwald begins and ends his Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom (New English Review, 2019) with the political, in particular with the objectives of the Big Digi­tal conglomerates as global corporate monopoly capitalists or... Read More
David J. Gunkel, “Robot Rights” (MIT Press, 2018)
We are in the midst of a robot invasion, as devices of different configurations and capabilities slowly but surely come to take up increasingly important positions in everyday social reality―self-driving vehicles, recommendation algorithms, machine learning decision making systems, and social robots of various forms and functions. Although considerable attention has... Read More