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.
The Injury Crisis in Amazon Warehouses w/ Will Evans
Is Amazon serious about keeping workers safe? Will Evans explains high rates of injury in its warehouses aren’t coming down because it won’t reduce its production targets.
How Video Games are Shaped by Capitalism w/ Daniel Joseph
How is video gaming influenced by capitalism? Daniel Joseph describes the evolution of the industry and the rise of new business models that commercialize more aspects of the gaming experience.
Jobs Suck, But Not Because of Automation w/ Aaron Benanav
Is automation to blame for the lack of good jobs? Aaron Benanav argues it’s not technology but a slowing economy that’s failing to deliver, and that requires us to develop a new vision for the future.
Section 230 Protects Free Expression Online w/ Evan Greer
Is Section 230 to blame for problems with social media? Evan Greer argues it’s essential for online free speech and being able to build platforms that challenge the power of the tech monopolies.
What Rural China Teaches Us About the Future of Tech w/ Xiaowei Wang
Is technology improving life in rural China? Xiaowei Wang explains how rural communities are being pulled into global e-commerce supply chains, and how while that works for some, commercialization is also encouraging unsustainable practices.
Why Google’s Ad Business Could Implode w/ Tim Hwang
Are digital ads really as effective as Google and Facebook want us to believe? Tim Hwang says they’re not — and the financialization of the digital ad markets has created a bubble that could alter the internet as we know it.
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Provides a much needed take on tech
Love this podcast, it really dives into all the not talked about issues that surround tech and its use and influence in our lives.
Im so happy that the creator of my favorite newsletter decided to do a podcast. I’ve enjoyed everything so far. Urbanist and tech issues are tied together nicely. I have a whole list of books that I want to buy from the guest recommendations.
This podcast provides a much needed alternative perspective to the popular notion that tech is the answer to every question.