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Framers: Human advantage in an age of technology and turmoil

New York: Dutton Books
Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Francis de Véricourt (2021)
Diversity and inclusion; Economics, politics and business environment; Health and environment; Information technology and systems; Management sciences, decision sciences and quantitative methods; Strategy and general management; Technology, R&D management
Decision science, Artificial Intelligence, cognitive psychology
From pandemics to populism, new weapons to the rise of artificial intelligence, and gaping inequalities to climate change, humanity faces unprecedented challenges that threaten our very existence. In FRAMERS: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil, the authors offer a reason to be optimistic: humans have a unique ability to frame—or think in mental models—and so come up with solutions that meet our moment in history.

To frame is to make a mental model that enables us to see patterns, predict how things will unfold, and make sense of new situations. Frames guide the decisions we make and the results we attain. People have long focused on traits like memory and reasoning leaving framing all but ignored. But with computers becoming better at some of those cognitive tasks, framing stands out as a critical function—and only humans can do it. This book is the first guide to mastering this innate human ability.
Framers shows how framing is not just a way to improve how we make decisions in the era of algorithms—but why it will be a matter of survival for humanity in a time of societal upheaval and machine prosperity.