Event on 2015-06-17 19:00:00

Silicon Valley veteran Andrew Keen argues that the Internet has had, and will have in the future, a disastrous impact. Computers and computer games affect the process of our brains and the brains of our young as they develop. Artificial Intelligence will destroy the traditional jobs of those who depend on their intellects for work, in the same way that industrialisation destroyed the jobs of skilled workers. Keen’s new book The Internet Is Not The Answer traces the history of the internet, from its founding in the 1960s to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1989, through the waves of start-ups and the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity. Keen shows how the Web has had a deeply negative effect on our culture, economy and society.

Informed by Keen’s own research and interviews, as well as the work of other writers, reporters and academics, The Internet is Not the Answer is an urgent investigation into the tech world – from the threat to privacy posed by social media and online surveillance by government agencies, to the impact of the Internet on unemployment and economic inequality. Keen concludes by outlining the changes that he believes must be made, before it’s too late. If we do nothing, he warns, this new technology and the companies that control it will continue to impoverish us all.

Andrew will be in conversation with commentator, journalist and author Will Self. Bring a teenager for free.

Speaker biographies:

Andrew Keen
Named by GQ magazine in its 2015 list of the “100 Most Connected Men”, Andrew Keen is one of the world’s leading authorities on the digital revolution. He is a twenty year veteran of Silicon Valley, having founded in1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet business. He is currently executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast, the host of the popular Internet chat show “Keen On”, a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, a columnist for CNN and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and most recently The Internet Is Not The Answer.

Will Self
Will Self is the author of many novels and books of non-fiction, including Great Apes, The Book of Dave, How the Dead Live, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year 2002, The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2008, and Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2012. He lives in South London.

Praise for The Internet is not the Answer

“Pacey and chilling… A powerful, frightening read,” Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

“Andrew Keen’s pleasingly incisive study argues that, far from being a democratising force in society, the internet has only amplified global inequities,” John Naughton, Observer

“Keen has a sharp eye when it comes to skewering the pretensions and self-delusions of the new digital establishment,” Financial Times

“A punchy manifesto about the future and integrity of the internet age… This book is a must-read for for anyone remotely concerned about their lives on the net,” The Independent

Date : 17 June 2015
6.30pm – Doors open

7.00pm – Talk Starts
8.30pm – Event ends


Bring a teenager for free: one free ticket per adult. Please call 0207 221 5908 for this deal.,
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at The Tabernacle
34-35 Powis Square
Notting Hill, United Kingdom

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