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Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil by [Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Francis de Véricourt]

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“Although every moment of your life is filtered through your mental models, they’re often invisible to you. This sharp book reveals how you can recognize the lenses that you’re applying and rethink them as the world changes around you. It’s an important read—a steady hand for our turbulent times.”
Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again

“A tightly written prescription for smart thinking . . . A bold call to reinject pluralism and progressive human values into a decision-making process dominated by algorithms or gut instinct.”
The Financial Times

“A paean to cognitive agility and the elasticity of the imagination . . . Convincingly,
Framers is a plea for diversity in all its forms. It argues for the importance of ‘frame pluralism,’ in which ideas can compete vigorously yet still share space.”
The Economist

“The book is stuffed full of examples of how some frames are more effective than others, and how amending a frame, or adopting a new one, can lead to scientific, economic, and emotional breakthroughs. . . . Cukier and his co-authors have a more ambitious project than Kahneman and Harari. They don’t want to just point out how powerfully we are influenced by our perspectives and prejudices—our frames. They want to show us that these frames are tools, and that we can optimise their use. And we can change them when they become obsolete or misleading.”
Calum Chace, Forbes

“Framers provides an exciting intellectual tour of how people throughout history have developed mental models that have advanced human progress. It assembles research to support the idea that a diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints leads to better outcomes. And the book suggests tactics that we all can use to get better at framing problems, something especially useful in this moment of change.”
ResetWork.co

“A fascinating look at what makes humans special in the age of algorithms—and how people can improve the way they think to stay ahead of the machine.”
Mustafa Suleyman, cofounder of DeepMind and vice-president at Google

Framers provides insight into how we can all nurture more of a beginner’s mind and manifest breakthrough ideas for building a better future.”
Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce
  
“A great book filled with fresh perspectives to help us out during the rise of AI so we can usher in the Age of Humanity.”
will.i.am, musician and entrepreneur

“Framers is packed with big ideas, great stories, values and verve that make it a delight to read. It will certainly change how you think—and might just change the world too.”
Annie Duke, bestselling author of Thinking in Bets

“Framers brilliantly shows that mental models are at the heart of creativity, critical thinking, and innovation, and how we can get better at it to solve our toughest business and social challenges.”
Aaron Levie, CEO of Box

“A captivating read.
Framers will transform the way you think.”
Marissa King, professor at Yale School of Management and author of Social Chemistry

“Wonderfully stimulating . . . It will teach you to see around corners."
—Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and author of The Data Detective --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Kenneth Cukier is a senior editor at The Economist and host of its weekly podcast on technology Babbage. He is also an associate fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is professor of internet governance and regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Francis de Véricourt is professor of management science and the director of the Center for Decisions, Models, and Data at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08JKPL48K
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dutton (May 11 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1476 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 271 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book that speaks to the moment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book that speaks to the moment
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2021
“Framers” comes just at the right time, when humankind is facing challenges of populism, covid, climate change and more. The book is a must-read by leading thinkers on AI, data, decision-science and society. I wholly recommend it.

Instead of focusing on the mind of the machine, like the authors did in their previous bestseller, “Big Data,” they use their deep understanding of artificial intelligence to reflect on how humans think. From this new vantage point, a book emerged which is insightful, but also practical, refreshing and positive.

The authors argue that humans understand things by employing mental models, called “frames.” We can upgrade our thinking when we decide to become more aware of the mental models we use. When we are in a seemingly dead end, in science, in business or in our own personal lives, we can purposely try to challenge and recast the frames we use.

The book made me think of the Renaissance, when in the European world many long-established frames were simultaneously challenged and recast. We need such a rethink again today.
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