Goodreads review • The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty

The Stack: On Software and SovereigntyThe Stack: On Software and Sovereignty by Benjamin H Bratton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve finished the book, but that doesn’t mean it’s done. On the contrary, I feel like I have to read it again, now that I understand its structure. This is a brilliant, enormous and comprehensive look on the future, or rather, the future we are headed for. It might end well, it might end bad, but The Stack is already here.

It combines a lot of fields and merges them together, not only to explain the Stack, but to become the Stack. It’s a culmination of global computation, resource management, and the Users in between. Who may or may not be humans.

I’ve always had a notion of what the future would be, even with so many “old” concept of futurism becoming reality. The Stack, however, manages to leap-frog that save zone. To look beyond and highlight the border zone where reality and science-fiction meet.

If you want to gain a better understanding of what is happening in the world, if you want to get the direction of technology, and if you want both a warning and a missive about the future, read The Stack. And then read it again.

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