A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age | Matt Richtel | 2015 |416 pages
In A Deadly Wandering, New York Times technology reporter Matt Richtel produces a compelling analysis of the dominant role of technology in our lives and its influence on our decision-making. Richtel tracks the story of Reggie Shaw, who killed two men on a two-lane highway one morning while texting and driving. Throughout, Richtel joins the Shaw narrative with scientific evidence of both the negative influence of technology on our ability to drive a vehicle, but its damning-if-left-unchecked role in other parts of our lives. Richtel ultimately argues that the age during which we are no longer able to cognitively organize the power our technology tools offer us has already arrived and humankind faces a new paradigm as we seek to order our lives in a way which takes advantage of all that technology has wrought and will bring while avoiding the potentially cataclysmic challenges the unchecked embrace of technology could produce for today and tomorrow’s generation.