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Nicholas Carr
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Nicholas Carr
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  • Carr is a leading thinker on technology and its consequences on society as it grows ever more dependent on computers, robots and apps.
  • For decades, Carr has predicted the impact of automation and technology on humans and culture.
  • Carr's insights into what technology is doing to the human brain cannot be ignored, and will help audiences better understand how to function more effectively with technology and grab hold of opportunities.
  • Carr's book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller.

Nicholas Carr has sounded the alarm bell on technology’s impact on culture, and much of what he predicted is coming to pass. As a researcher and writer, he often examines the consequences of society’s growing dependency on computers, robots and apps, as outlined in his book The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us. His previous work, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller.

Through his blog "Rough Type," Carr has criticized the idea of technological utopianism, and particularly online volunteer information projects such as Wikipedia and the blogosphere because he believes they displace more expensive professional alternatives. Google asked him to deliver the keynote at the first Atmosphere conference in London, and he has also keynoted at the Seoul Digital Forum, Futurecom, in Rio de Janeiro, and Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. Much of Carr’s presentation examines the evolution of information technology in business and shows how it follows a similar pattern to that of earlier technologies like rail transport and the electricity industry.

In 2005, Optimize magazine named Carr one of the leading thinkers on information technology, and in 2007, eWeek named him one of the 100 most influential people in IT. Carr has written for The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Wired and many other periodicals. Two of his best-known and most controversial essays—“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “The Great Forgetting”—have been published in several anthologies. In 2015, he received the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association.

Carr was a member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial bod of advisors and was a writer-in-residence at the University of California at Berkeley’s journalism school. Early in his career, he was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.

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A thought-provoking speaker on technology, culture, and business, Nicholas Carr uses intellect, stories and examples to help his audience understand how those three areas interact. His book, The Shallows, came out of his own observations of himself, and how technology seemed to be changing the human brain. Carr’s audiences will have a greater understanding of how the brain is impacted by technology, and how they can harness that impact for greater impact and transformation.

The Glass Cage

Digging behind the headlines about artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, digitized medicine and workplace robots, Carr explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over work and leisure. In this presentation based on themes in his book, The Glass Cage, Carr explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective. Mixing history and philosophy, poetry and science, the book culminates in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand—rather than narrow—the human experience.

The Shallows

Drawing on themes in his New York Times bestselling book, The Shallows, Carr lucidly examines the most important topic in contemporary culture—the mental and social transformation created by the electronic environment. In this presentation, Carr provides a deep, enlightening examination of how the Internet influences the brain and its neutral pathways. He concludes with a very humanistic petition for balancing human and computer interactions.

Building a Bridge to the Cloud

Over the past few years, much of the excitement—and challenge—of cloud computing has focused on building the infrastructure. But just like 100 years ago when the electric grid was built, the biggest wave of innovation really begins after the infrastructure is stable. In this talk, Carr looks ahead to the next stage of cloud disruption and provides practical advice on how companies can “build bridges to the cloud” for their customers.

The Big Switch

Carr’s bestselling books serve as a backdrop to this talk about how the Internet is turning into the World Wide Computer as data and software move into the internet cloud. Exploring the narrow definition of “Web 2.0,” Carr puts the shift into a broad technological, economic, and historical context, laying out the challenges and opportunities that businesses face as they confront computing’s new age.

The Prudent Innovator

Noting that innovation isn’t free, Carr argues that organizations should focus their creativity on a few critical areas—the ones capable of producing a competitive edge—and be ruthless imitators elsewhere. Using compelling examples in this talk, he offers a series of pragmatic and surprising strategies that will increase the odds that innovation initiatives and investments pay off.

Does IT Matter?

Carr calls on his celebrated book, Does IT Matter? to examine the strategic role of IT with the audience. He examines whether IT innovation can still provide strong competitive advantage, or has it become a cost of doing business—essential but strategically inert? This presentation will challenge assumptions of technologists and business managers alike.

BEST-SELLING BOOKS

The Shallows

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

Is Google making us stupid? When Nicholas Carr posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic essay, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

With his acclaimed book The Shallows, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the net’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. The Shallows is, writes Slate, “a Silent Spring for the literary mind".

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