Cogs and Monsters By Diane Coyle

  • Narrated by: Gina Rogers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Release date: 10-12-21

Cogs and Monsters AudioBook Summary

Digital technology, big data, big tech, machine learning, and AI are revolutionizing both the tools of economics and the phenomena it seeks to measure, understand, and shape. In Cogs and Monsters, Diane Coyle explores the enormous problems – but also opportunities – facing economics today if it is to respond effectively to these dizzying changes and help policymakers solve the world’s crises.

Mainstream economics, Coyle says, still assumes people are “cogs” – self-interested, calculating, independent agents interacting in defined contexts. But the digital economy is much more characterized by “monsters” – untethered, snowballing, and socially influenced unknowns. What is worse, by treating people as cogs, economics is creating its own monsters, leaving itself without the tools to understand the new problems it faces. In response, Coyle asks whether economic individualism is still valid in the digital economy, whether we need to measure growth and progress in new ways, and whether economics can ever be objective, since it influences what it analyzes.


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