Microsoft president Brad Smith gives readers an in-depth view of things, as he sees them with regard to the world Microsoft, and others in that realm, are positing for us here in the 21st century, in his new book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age (Penguin Press, co-written with Carol Ann Browne).
“At a time when many leaders in tech want to avoid a discussion of the social, economic, and security ramifications of the products they’ve built, it’s refreshing to see Brad Smith step up, urge the industry to take action, and acknowledge the need for smart regulation. This book offers an excellent encapsulation of some of the biggest challenges facing technologists, policymakers, and users alike.” —Senator Mark Warner.
“Tools and Weapons reads like a techno-legal thriller, yet offers a thorough and eye-opening account of the major tech controversies of the last decade, from NSA spying through AI ethics and the US-China standoff. Brad Smith, a believer that “great power brings great responsibility” makes it evident that the future of humanity may depend on ethical and responsive leadership in the tech industries, and in this book he sets a high bar for his peers.” —Tim Wu.
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