Tools and Weapons: The promise and peril of the digital age

Awesome book by two high powered Microsoft execs:

  • Brad Smith - Microsoft President & Chief Legal Officer
  • Carol Ann Browne - Chief of Staff & Executive Communication

"A captivating narrative from the cockpit of one of the world's largest and most powerful tech companies as it finds itself in the middle of some of the thorniest emerging issues of our time.

These are challenges that come with no pre-existing playbook, including privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral conundrums of artificial intelligence, big tech's relationship to inequality, and the challenges for democracy, far and near. "

In the middle of the twentieth century, it was common for people to get paid to sit in and operate elevators in tall buildings. Today, that seems not just quaint, but anachronistic. By the middle of the twenty-first century, will people feel the same way about a human taxi or Uber driver?
Bill Gates has famously remarked, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.”


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