American journalist and author. Carr received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in English from Harvard University, where he was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. After nearly two decades as a management consultant, Carr published his first book,
Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage (2004), earning him a reputation as a contrarian in an age of great excitement about technological change. The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008) and The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (2010) both argue that the explosion of innovation in information technology is already having widespread and unforeseen effectsnot necessarily for the betteron commerce, culture, and human intelligence. His most recent book is The Glass Cage: Automation and Us (2014). See also nicholasgcarr.com.