33 episodes

Elon Musk has a tech solution for everything, but who do his ideas really serve? In each episode of Tech Won't Save Us, Paris Marx will be joined a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its thought leaders, and the worldview that emanates from Silicon Valley. They will challenge the notion that tech alone can drive our world forward by illustrating how separating tech from politics has consequences for nearly everyone, especially the most vulnerable. But if tech won't save us, what will? This podcast isn't simply about tearing down tech, but presenting radical ideas for a better world; one where cities are oriented around people instead of cars, where the economy serves the public instead of profit, and — yes — where tech is 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

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Elon Musk has a tech solution for everything, but who do his ideas really serve? In each episode of Tech Won't Save Us, Paris Marx will be joined a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its thought leaders, and the worldview that emanates from Silicon Valley. They will challenge the notion that tech alone can drive our world forward by illustrating how separating tech from politics has consequences for nearly everyone, especially the most vulnerable. But if tech won't save us, what will? This podcast isn't simply about tearing down tech, but presenting radical ideas for a better world; one where cities are oriented around people instead of cars, where the economy serves the public instead of profit, and — yes — where tech is designed for human flourishing instead of surveillance, acquisitions, or to boost stock prices. A better world is possible, and so is better technology.

    What Rural China Teaches Us About the Future of Tech w/ Xiaowei Wang

    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.

    • 43 min
    Why Google’s Ad Business Could Implode w/ Tim Hwang

    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.

    • 41 min
    Silicon Valley is Embracing Anti-China Nationalism w/ JS Tan

    Silicon Valley is Embracing Anti-China Nationalism w/ JS Tan

    How are tensions between the United States and China affecting the tech industry? JS Tan explains how Silicon Valley executives are embracing nationalism as China’s tech companies threaten their global dominance.

    • 34 min
    Major Publishers Want to Shut Down Digital Lending w/ Maria Bustillos

    Major Publishers Want to Shut Down Digital Lending w/ Maria Bustillos

    Should libraries be allowed digitally lend books they own? Maria Bustillos explains how a new lawsuit by major publishers could destroy the Internet Archive and end digital ownership in favor of restrictive licenses.

    • 45 min
    How Google & Facebook Dominate Digital Ads w/ Shoshana Wodinsky

    How Google & Facebook Dominate Digital Ads w/ Shoshana Wodinsky

    How do Google and Facebook maintain their dominance? Shoshana Wodinsky explains how digital ad markets work and how their control of key pieces gives them a privileged (and very profitable) position.

    • 38 min
    How Foxconn Treats the Workers Who Built Your iPhone w/ Jenny Chan

    How Foxconn Treats the Workers Who Built Your iPhone w/ Jenny Chan

    The media lauds Apple’s new products, but what about the workers who build them? Jenny Chan explains what life is like in the Foxconn factories and the barriers that existing to better working conditions.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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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.

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This podcast provides a much needed alternative perspective to the popular notion that tech is the answer to every question.

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