HarperCollins cover plus photo by Paul Clarke

Technology is Not the Problem

We all know that our every move is tracked online, out data is a valuable commodity used to prifile and target us. Why, despite this knowledge, do we willingly yield up the most intimate facest of our lives in exchange for a world that revolves around our unique needs, preferenes and personailites

In her new book, Technology is Not the Problem, Timandra Harkness argues that the problem is not the all-powerful algorithms, but our own desire to be recognised as the unique, sophisticated, discerning person each of us feels ourselves to be. The price of this personalised world is not just our data; without even being aware of it, we are exchanging our freedom for the illusion of limitless choice.

Tracing the historical and social currents that brought us here, Harkness challenges us to question what might be missing from our personalised menus; to defy the temptations of technology and rescue our humanity from this dehumanising, data-driven world.


Wednesday 9 October 2024


Doors open 6:45pm (for 7pm start) to 8:30


£5 cash only on the door to the upstairs room, or in advance via the 'Donate or Pay' button on the home-page.


useful reading:

Political life is a mess – but the problems pre-date social media, Timandra Harkness, Academy of Ideas, 22 May 2024

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Battle of Ideas 2024 is a high-level, thought-provoking festival of debate organised by the Academy of Ideas, and held on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October at Church House, Westminster, London. Visit www.battleofideas.org.uk