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New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future
Critical settlement with the belief that technology can solve all of humanity's problems in artist and theorist James Bridle's new book.

Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it, sounds familiar. And after one of the hottest summers ever with month-long heat waves, countless new heat records, widespread drought, uncontrollable forest fires and other apocalyptic weather phenomena, the weather is on everyone's lips again. Fortunately, there are only a few nutcase back – for example, Trump – who is not yet convinced that the increasingly violent weather phenomena can best be explained with reference to anthropogenic climate change that should be addressed as a collective, global problem. But instead of worrying about the overwhelming scientific evidence, Trump chooses to declare the "idea" of global warming for a Chinese-led conspiracy against American business.

Criticism of tech faith

With Trump at the helm of one of the world's largest and most polluting wheel steamers, it's hard not to see the dark clouds that collapse on the horizon and herald a New Dark Age, as the title reads on an excellent new book by London-based artist, theorist and (extremely diligent) writer James Bridle. The book carries the subtitle Technology and the End of the Future, and can best be understood as a critical showdown with an automated stupidity, a blinded belief that technology can solve all of humanity's problems from global poverty to climate change. Bridle thus directs a justified critique at a widespread idea of ​​progress, in which history is thought of as «a curve that always moves upwards. . .

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Dominique Routhier
Routhier is a regular critic of Ny Tid.

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