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Silicon Valley has a solution for everything, but who do its ideas really serve? Every Thursday, Paris Marx is joined by a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its thought leaders, and the worldview it spreads. They challenge the notion that tech alone can drive our world forward by showing that separating tech from politics has consequences for us all, especially the most vulnerable. But if tech won't save us, what will? This podcast isn't simply about tearing tech down; it also presents radical ideas for tech designed for human flourishing instead of surveillance, acquisitions, or to boost stock prices. A better world is possible, and so is better technology.

Tech Won't Save Us Paris Marx

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    • 5.0 • 121 Ratings

Silicon Valley has a solution for everything, but who do its ideas really serve? Every Thursday, Paris Marx is joined by a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its thought leaders, and the worldview it spreads. They challenge the notion that tech alone can drive our world forward by showing that separating tech from politics has consequences for us all, especially the most vulnerable. But if tech won't save us, what will? This podcast isn't simply about tearing tech down; it also presents radical ideas for tech designed for human flourishing instead of surveillance, acquisitions, or to boost stock prices. A better world is possible, and so is better technology.

    Envisioning Platform Socialism w/ James Muldoon

    Envisioning Platform Socialism w/ James Muldoon

    Paris Marx is joined by James Muldoon to discuss his vision for platform socialism and the different ways we could reorganize platforms to serve the public good over corporate profit.

    James Muldoon is the author of Platform Socialism: How to Reclaim our Digital Future from Big Tech. He’s also a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter and the Head of Digital Research at Autonomy. Follow James on Twitter at @james_muldoon_.

    Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter, support the show on Patreon, and sign up for the weekly newsletter.

    Find out more about Harbinger Media Network at harbingermedianetwork.com.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    James wrote about why web3 won’t save the internet.Paris wrote about what’s wrong with discourses about decentralization and why we should nationalize Amazon.Francesca Bria was interviewed by Crypto Syllabus about web3, decentralization, and her experience with municipal tech projects.Facebook’s Project Amplify ensured users saw positive stories about the company.Antonio Negri and Dalla Costa were among the Italian Autonomist Marxists thinking about the social factory. Karl Marx wrote about the concept of surplus value.G.D.H. Cole wrote about guild socialism. James also mentions the work of Otto Neurath.Support the show (https://patreon.com/techwontsaveus)

    • 54 min
    How Roblox Exploits Children w/ Quintin Smith

    How Roblox Exploits Children w/ Quintin Smith

    Paris Marx is joined by Quintin Smith to discuss how Roblox profits from the labor of children, built an exploitative in-game economy, and needs to be regulated as soon as possible.

    Quintin Smith is a journalist working with People Make Games and Shut Up & Sit Down. Follow Quintin on Twitter at @Quinns108.

    Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter, support the show on Patreon, and sign up for the weekly newsletter.

    Find out more about Harbinger Media Network at harbingermedianetwork.com.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Quintin did an investigation of Roblox for People Make Games. Watch part 1 and part 2.Roblox went public on March 9, 2021, hitting a valuation of $45 billion. It’s now over $50 billion and benefiting from the metaverse hype.More than half of US kids and teens under 16 are on Roblox. It’s estimated that half the platform’s users globally are under 13 years old.Cecilia D’Anastasio reported on fascist role-playing games in Roblox.Games featuring sex and nudity are not always caught by Roblox, exposing kids to them.Support the show (https://patreon.com/techwontsaveus)

    • 45 min
    Happy Holidays from Tech Won’t Save Us!

    Happy Holidays from Tech Won’t Save Us!

    To end 2021, Paris Marx provides a quick update on the podcast and what’s coming next year.

    Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter, support the show on Patreon, and sign up for the weekly newsletter.

    Find out more about Harbinger Media Network at harbingermedianetwork.com.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Paris’ book Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation comes out in July 2022.Support the show (https://patreon.com/techwontsaveus)

    • 12 min
    Silicon Valley Doesn’t Get Science Fiction w/ Annalee Newitz

    Silicon Valley Doesn’t Get Science Fiction w/ Annalee Newitz

    Paris Marx is joined by Annalee Newitz to discuss what’s wrong with Silicon Valley’s understanding of science fiction, and how tech leaders use it to justify terrible futures.

    Annalee Newitz is the author of Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age and The Future of Another Timeline. They are also the co-host of Our Opinions Are Correct and a writer for NYT Opinion and New Scientist. Follow Annalee on Twitter at @Annaleen.

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    Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter, support the show on Patreon, and sign up for the weekly newsletter.

    Find out more about Harbinger Media Network at harbingermedianetwork.com.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Annalee wrote about what tech companies don’t get about science fiction for New Scientist.Paris wrote about the dystopian future proposed by the metaverse.The Verge spoke to Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, but the interviewer suggested The Matrix was trying to predict where technology was going.In 1985, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote about science fiction and the future.Facebook is already failing to combat harassment in VR, and its incoming CTO thinks doing so in the metaverse is “practically impossible.”People mentioned: Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, JPL engineer Jack Parsons, and Trekonomics author Manu Saadia.Annalee’s reading suggestions: Ring Shout by P Djeli Clark, Murderbot series by Martha Wells, Infomocracy by Malka Older, An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King, Rosewater by Tade Thompson, Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, and Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin.Support the show (https://patreon.com/techwontsaveus)

    • 57 min
    The Video Game Industry Needs Unions w/ Gita Jackson

    The Video Game Industry Needs Unions w/ Gita Jackson

    Paris Marx is joined by Gita Jackson to discuss the revelations of sexual harassment and discrimination at Activision Blizzard, how workers have organized in response to them, and what it all could mean for the future of the video games industry.

    Gita Jackson is a senior writer at Motherboard, Vice’s tech vertical. Follow Gita on Twitter at @xoxogossipgita.

    🚨 T-shirts are now available!

    Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter, support the show on Patreon, and sign up for the weekly newsletter.

    Find out more about Harbinger Media Network at harbingermedianetwork.com.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    In July, California’s fair employment department sued Activision Blizzard, revealing shocking interal details, including a “Cosby Suite” and harassing prospective workers at a job fair.In November, it was revealed that CEO Bobby Kotick knew about it and had settled harassment lawsuits. Afterward, workers walked out but the board stood behind Kotick.The heads of Playstation and Xbox released statements criticizing Activision Blizzard’s leadership.Workers are now passing around union cards under the name A Better ABK as the company sends anti-union statements. They have also set up a strike fund.The EA Spouse Letter was written in 2004.Gita wrote about Comic Book Workers United, the union seeking recognition at Image Comics.The Mandalorian used Unreal Engine to create virtual sets, and Unity just bought part of Weta Digital to expand its virtual production.Since recording, Vodeo Games has formed the first video game union in North America.Support the show (https://patreon.com/techwontsaveus)

    • 56 min
    Web3 is a Scam, Not a Revolution w/ Stephen Diehl

    Web3 is a Scam, Not a Revolution w/ Stephen Diehl

    Paris Marx is joined by Stephen Diehl to discuss why technologists are divided on crypto, what’s wrong with blockchain, why crypto assets are scams, and why web3 is a rebranding effort.

    Stephen Diehl is software engineer and crypto skeptic based in London. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @smdiehl.

    🚨 T-shirts are now available!

    Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter, support the show on Patreon, and sign up for the weekly newsletter.

    Find out more about Harbinger Media Network at harbingermedianetwork.com.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Stephen has written about how to understand crypto assets, the problem with “decentralization”, the speculative mania inherent to crypto, why web3 is b******t, and more on his blog.Some guy bought a beer with crypto and it showed one of the big flaws with using crypto as a means of payment.Andreessen Horowitz one of the main players lobbying for lax crypto regulations in the United States.How Albania’s pyramid scheme crisis in the 1990s holds lessons for the today’s crypto mania.David Golumbia was on episode 67 (July 1, 2021) and Olivier Jutel was on episode 75 (August 26, 2021).Support the show (https://patreon.com/techwontsaveus)

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

Milele ,

In-depth and insightful episodes

I love going deep on issues to really understand the nuance, so I’m enjoying this podcast a great deal. Usually the host Paris Marx has a very well-informed guest and asks good questions, but I also really enjoyed the recent episode where he was the expert and so instead of interviewing, he just dove into the topic (billionaire space race).

End User and Reviewer ,

Irreplaceable and essential listening for the 21st century

Paris runs an extremely informative and insightful show, and I have him to thank for bringing to light numerous problems with our blind trust in technology and its developers. An earnest listener will truly be more enlightened by the interviews, discussions, even Paris’ own monologues on the show. I was shocked by how many dogmatic beliefs about tech which I’d accepted as true without scrutiny.

If there’s one point preventing me from a full five points, it’s occasional drifting from the central topic of the show and moving into social advocacy which doesn’t directly relate to the problems of technology in our lives. This only happened in a few episodes which I can recall, and perhaps the argument would be that such causes match the show in theme, but certainly not in topic.

therealonehandclap ,

Best tech pod out there

The left needed a good tech pod. Here it is

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