New book: Who’s Driving Innovation?

I’ve just published a new book with Palgrave. It’s a short, provocative introduction to debates about new technologies, which takes self-driving cars as its case study. It’s available here, and I would love to know what readers think of it.


One thought on “New book: Who’s Driving Innovation?

  1. Ok so Jack what exactly are you trying to deliver in this book? Do you have a firm grasp of the technique behind self-driving cars, like ML? To what extent do you understand un/supervised learning or neural network that powers self-driving technique? To be clearer, have you ever heard about KNN model? I believe all of your answers to these questions are NO.

    It seems to me that you keep talking about “top-level” things in this book. Lack of substantive ground gets your book vague and thereby, generic. If you want to relate self-driving vehicles as your case study, you always need to unpack their working mechanisms before looking at their political/sociological nature. Apparently, your self-driving-related STEM knowledge is severely limited. In other words, you’re not a scientist so are far from being qualified to write about self-driving cars in whichever field.

    In sum, economy/sociology/politics are merely superstructures that are heavily reliant on STEM. The latter is the infrastructure which substantively supports the former. That’s why a country can’t live without people manufacturing cars/aircrafts or building houses. These compose the productivity that steers the country forward. No productivity, no superstructure. Regarding your book, it’s like a country that only has economists/social scientists/policy makers and has zero engineers/technicians, entirely engaging in idle theorizing. This is, of course, excusable for a student, but not for a lecturer working for one of the world’s bestest universities. Does that make sense?

    As a key worker at a STEM sector, I’ll be happy to talk to you regarding this any further. Feel free to get back to me on emails.

    P.S.: Please consider removing the adverting link from your university’s email signature. No one will buy your book unless they don’t know how to spend their money. It’s also very awkward for yourself as a lecturer to advertise in formal correspondence. At the university, you’re a teacher, not a businessman

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