The Emoticon Generation blog tour continues to continue! The review blog Two Dudes in an Attic reviewed The Emoticon Generation, this time giving a thoughtful and thought-provoking review regarding the different ethical issues raised in the book. Here’s a little taste:
Some authors use their books as proxies arguing one aspect or another of the issue (Karl Schroeder, for example, or Greg Egan), while others, like noted internet puppy Charlie Stross, advocate in real life. Hasson doesn’t take a side in the debate, instead choosing to examine the researchers, early adopters, and guinea pigs that would make such a thing possible. He seems much less interested in the hows of the thing, or the effect it would have on us some hundreds of years down the line. Instead, Hasson teases out the ethical questions that will face us tomorrow, or next year, or next decade, if it turns out we can scan our brains into computers.
Read the entire review here.