Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny

Farrar. Aug. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780374200039. $28. TECH
Technology shapes our world, even the things that people may not consider technology today. At one point, the plow was a completely new technology, and Spar (Harvard Business Sch.; Wonder Women) discusses that and other technologies, from agricultural tools to kitchen appliances to smartphone dating apps that have shaped how humans live and interact with each other, and even more so, that have affected how people form relationships, start families, and have careers. Spar includes historical facts, statistics, and pictures throughout the narrative. Many other works are cited, but Spar also includes personal anecdotes into the fold. For example, while she did not personally go through IVF as she wrote about it, she did create online dating profiles in order to write about them first hand. In blending history and educated speculations for the future, Spar has created a relatable nonfiction narrative about how we live with technology. Readers of Spar’s other works will want to add this to their reading lists.
VERDICT This is a humanizing and unique take on technology is a necessary addition to the genre; Spar’s voice included with the history will keep readers engaged in what could otherwise be dry information.

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