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Instructor’s Resources for System Error

A forward-thinking manifesto from three Stanford professors—experts who have worked at ground zero of the tech revolution for decades—which reveals how big tech’s obsession with optimization and efficiency has sacrificed fundamental human values and outlines steps we can take to change course, renew our democracy, and save ourselves.

System Error is a triumph: an analysis of the critical challenges facing our digital society that is as accessible as it is sophisticated. Best of all, the authors offer actual solutions for a reboot that are both timely and feasible.”
—Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America

“Albert Einstein once lamented that ‘our technology has exceeded our humanity.’ That danger is ever more pressing as powerful artificial intelligence technologies are transforming society at a pace never seen before. From the heart of Silicon Valley comes a profoundly important book that examines the ethical and social impact of the digital technologies and offers a more human-centered framework. This is a must-read for every student, engineer, businessperson, policymaker, or anyone who cares about our society’s collective future.”
—Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Professor Computer Science, Co-Director of Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered AI, and member of the National Academies of Engineering and Medicine

Harper
352 pages; notes; index.
Hardcover, $27.99 (9780063064881)
Available in eBook and digital audio editions.

A podcast interview with Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, and Jeremy M. Weinstein