The Bracken Bower Prize Finalist 2016
THE FINANCIAL TIMES / MCKINSEY & CO.
This terrific book clearly articulates the importance of the liberal arts in our technocentric world. In the end, technology is about making the lives of humans better… the humanities and social sciences teach us about the human condition and how it might be improved. A delightful read!
Scott Hartley succeeds in articulating the indispensable role a liberal arts education plays… One of the impacts of technology has been to democratize freedom, scholarship, and passion. Hartley lays this out in plain language that a liberal arts education trumps early specialization in STEM subjects.
The biggest challenges of the coming decades will lead Silicon Valley to partner with those who best understand our humanity. Scott makes a compelling case that important data and information are increasingly generated by machines, but the wisdom of humans is required to build this data into the knowledge that runs our civilization.
I am a fuzzy venture capitalist who owes a successful life in Silicon Valley to the techies. Scott Hartley has brilliantly described the magic that is created when these two tribes work together. His insightful book shines a bright light on this rarely analyzed but highly productive relationship.
In his debut book, Scott Hartley explores the vital role of the Liberal Arts in humanizing our technology. As we move to a world driven by big data, and powered by algorithms, Techies (those who have studied engineering and computer sciences) are of great importance. But as we prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, we must also consider the overlooked but valuable role that the Liberal Arts play in our technological world. Fuzzies help us apply our new tools with context, consideration, and relevance to the greatest human problems. Moreover, as machines take on more routine tasks within our jobs, what’s left are those human skills honed and refined through broad education. A new generation of entrepreneurs, those who are both fuzzy-and-techie, is fast emerging, and will be at the center of our future economy.