Book release: 'Too Smart' by Jathan Sadowski

Jathan Sadowski is a Research Fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. His first book, ‘Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling Our Lives, and Taking Over the World’ is out this month with MIT Press.

Who benefits from smart technology? Whose interests are served when we trade our personal data for convenience and connectivity?

In Too Smart, Jathan Sadowski looks at the proliferation of smart stuff in our lives and asks whether the tradeoff—exchanging our personal data for convenience and connectivity—is worth it. Who benefits from smart technology?

Smart technology, Jathan argues, is driven by the dual imperatives of digital capitalism: extracting data from, and expanding control over, everything and everybody. In his book, he looks at three domains colonized by smart technologies' collection and control systems: the smart self, the smart home, and the smart city.

Nature Journal selected Too Smart in their top 5 science reads, and said: “this hype- and jargon-free warning deserves a wide welcome.”

Visit the MIT Press website for more details and to order a copy