A bold challenge to our obsession with efficiency—and a new understanding of how to benefit from the powerful potential of serendipity.

Melding the long-term history of technology with the latest headlines and findings of computer science and social science, The Efficiency Paradox questions our obsession with and assumptions about modern efficiency, persuasively showing how relying on the algorithms of digital platforms can in fact lead to wasted efforts, missed opportunities, and, above all, an inability to break out of established patterns. Edward Tenner offers a smarter way of thinking about efficiency, revealing what we and our institutions, when equipped with an astute combination of artificial intelligence and trained intuition, can learn from the random and unexpected.

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