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The acceleration of cultural change : from ancestors to algorithms / R. Alexander Bentley and Michael J. O'Brien ; foreword by John Maeda.

Author/creator Bentley, R. Alexander, 1970- author.
Other author/creatorO'Brien, Michael J. (Michael John), 1950- author.
Other author/creatorMaeda, John, writer of foreword.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
Descriptionxvii, 156 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
Series Simplicity: design, technology, business, life
Simplicity (Cambridge, Mass.) ^A773671
Contents Foreword / by John Maeda -- Preface : in the Middleton Theater -- Traditional minds -- Change is not Norman -- Check the transmission -- Cultural trees -- Bayesians -- Traditions and horizons -- Networks -- Hindsighted -- Moore is better? -- Free Willy.
Abstract From our hunter-gatherer days, we humans evolved to be excellent throwers, chewers, and long-distance runners. We are highly social, crave Paleolithic snacks, and display some gendered difference resulting from mate selection. But we now find ourselves binge-viewing, texting while driving, and playing Minecraft. Only the collective acceleration of cultural and technological evolution explains this development. The evolutionary psychology of individuals--the drive for "food and sex"--explains some of our current habits, but our evolutionary success, Alex Bentley and Mike O'Brien explain, lies in our ability to learn cultural know-how and to teach it to the next generation. Bentley and O'Brien examine the broad and shallow model of cultural evolution seen today in the science of networks, prediction markets, and the explosion of digital information. They suggest that in the future, artificial intelligence could be put to work to solve the problem of information overload, learning to integrate concepts over the vast idea space of digitally stored information.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 129-149) and index.
LCCN 2017006483
ISBN9780262036955 hardcover alkaline paper
ISBN0262036959 hardcover alkaline paper

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