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Smoke and Mirrors by Gemma Milne

Smoke & Mirrors

How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It

Gemma Milne

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Robinson
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 23 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781472143662

An insightful guide to cutting through the hype (and idealism) that blinds us in the world of science and technology. Gemma Milne looks at nine different areas of research, from feeding the world to cures for cancer, and reveals how we're prevented from seeing what is really going on in the world, and held back from making real progress.

3 stars out of 5
Jay Elwes
9 May 2020

"broad and intellectually impressive"

Smoke and Mirrors is at its strongest when confronting the ethics of technological progress, and if the author had kept to that area, the result would have been a much more substantial work. As it is, the narrative slews off into an examination of what the book calls ‘tech-hype porn’, an argument that feels by-the-by, especially when set alongside the much larger philosophical questions that new technologies can raise.

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