The Efficiency Paradox: Edward Tenner with Angela Chen

Wed. Aug 1, 2018 at 6:30pm EDT
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What are we missing in our quest for efficiency, and how can we get it back? 

Modern technology helps us to do more, faster. Algorithms, smart devices, and the sharing economy make it easier than ever to be efficient with our time and resources.

In his new book, Edward Tenner considers the arc of the history of technology along with the latest developments in computer and social science to gain new insights into the concept of efficiency. Learn why by breaking free from assumptions and established patterns, we stand to benefit from the random and unexpected.

A distinguished scholar of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and a visiting scholar in the Rutgers University Department of History, Edward Tenner will be joined in conversation with Angela Chen, science journalist at The Verge, with a Q&A to follow.


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The Program Room opens at 6 PM.

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018