Tools and Weapons

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Authors: Brad Smith, Carol Ann Browne

9781529351569 | HB | pp. 370 | 2019 | Hodder & Stoughton

Tools and Weapons takes us behind the scenes on some of the biggest stories to hit the tech industry in the past decade and some of the biggest threats we face. It gives us a view of how technology is both empowering and threatening us.

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Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: when your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create.

This might seem uncontroversial, but it flies in the face of a tech sector long obsessed with rapid growth and sometimes on disruption as an end in itself. While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, we have reached an inflection point. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions like artificial intelligence. Companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation.

In Tools and Weapons, Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne bring us 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. While in no way a self-glorifying “Microsoft memoir,” the book pulls back the curtain remarkably wide onto some of the company’s most crucial recent decision points as it strives to protect the hopes technology offers against the very real threats it also presents. There are huge ramifications for communities and countries, and Brad Smith provides a thoughtful and urgent contribution to that effort.

Additional information

Authors:

Brad Smith, Carol Ann Browne

ISBN:

9781529351569

Publisher:

Hodder & Stoughton

Binding:

Hardback

Pages:

370

Year of Publication:

2019

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Authors

Brad Smith is Microsoft’s President. He is responsible for the company’s corporate, external, and legal affairs and serves as the company’s chief legal officer. He plays a key role in representing the company externally and in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues relating to the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion.

Carol Ann Browne is a Director of Communications at Microsoft. She joined Microsoft in 2010 and is an experienced communicator with a broad background in writing, video, multimedia, and social media work.

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