212 episodes

Silicon Valley wants to shape our future, but why should we let it? Every Thursday, Paris Marx is joined by a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its big promises, and the people behind them. Tech Won’t Save Us challenges 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. It’s not your usual tech podcast.

Tech Won't Save Us Paris Marx

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 377 Ratings

Silicon Valley wants to shape our future, but why should we let it? Every Thursday, Paris Marx is joined by a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its big promises, and the people behind them. Tech Won’t Save Us challenges 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. It’s not your usual tech podcast.

    How Foreverism Degrades Our Culture w/ Grafton Tanner

    How Foreverism Degrades Our Culture w/ Grafton Tanner

    Paris Marx is joined by Grafton Tanner to discuss the dangers and consequences of companies and politicians leveraging nostalgia for their own purposes. 
    Grafton Tanner is the author of Foreverism. He also teaches at the University of Georgia.

    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. Support the show on Patreon.

    The podcast is made in partnership with The Nation. Production is by Eric Wickham. Transcripts are by Brigitte Pawliw-Fry.

    Also mentioned in this episode: 
    Paris wrote about the material footprint of data centers in Disconnect.Ian McKellen broke down on the set of The Hobbit after acting with no other actors on a green screen.In an interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas described differences between Soviet and US film industries.Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Vanity Fair it wasn’t as fun making Star Wars films today as it was making the original trilogy.Jake Gyllenhaal described the difficulty of acting in a Marvel film after Spider-Man: Far From Home.Support the show

    • 57 min
    How Interfaces Shape Our Relationship to Tech w/ Zachary Kaiser

    How Interfaces Shape Our Relationship to Tech w/ Zachary Kaiser

    Paris Marx is joined by Zachary Kaiser to discuss the power of tech interfaces, why data isn’t an accurate reflection of the world, and why we need to discuss democratic decomputerization.

    Zachary Kaiser is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Experience Architecture at Michigan State University. He’s also the author of Interfaces and Us: User Experience Design and the Making of the Computable Subject.

    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. Support the show on Patreon.

    The podcast is made in partnership with The Nation. Production is by Eric Wickham. Transcripts are by Brigitte Pawliw-Fry.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Paris is speaking in Auckland on February 18 at an event hosted by Tohatoha.Zachary wrote about dream reading technologies for Real Life.Zachary mentions specific works by David Golumbia, Ivan Illich, Aaron Benanav, John Cheney-Lippold, Thomas F. Tierney, Marisa Brandt, Arturo Escobar, and James Ferguson.Support the show

    • 1 hr 2 min
    France’s Start-Up Nation Is a Neoliberal Hell w/ Nastasia Hadjadji

    France’s Start-Up Nation Is a Neoliberal Hell w/ Nastasia Hadjadji

    Paris Marx is joined by Nastasia Hadjadji to discuss Emmanuel Macron’s plan to run France like a start-up, how that justified a further dismantling of France's welfare state, and how his desire to create national tech champions is having domestic consequences.

    Nastasia Hadjadji is a French journalist looking at tech from the lens of political economy and the author of “No Crypto. Comment Bitcoin a envoûté la planète.”

    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. Support the show on Patreon.

    The podcast is made in partnership with The Nation. Production is by Eric Wickham. Transcripts are by Brigitte Pawliw-Fry.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Paris will be speaking in Auckland on February 18 in an event hosted by Tohatoha.Emmanuel Macron aided Uber’s lobbying efforts as Economy Minister under the former Socialist government.France worked hard to attract the crypto industry. Macron even took a selfie with Binance’s Changpeng Zhao, who’s now pled guilty to felony charges.The group Technopolice documents police surveillance in France.La Quadrature du Net campaigns against algorithmic video surveillance.Louis Pouzin is considered to have almost created the internet.Support the show

    • 54 min
    What’s Really Killing the News Media? w/ Victor Pickard

    What’s Really Killing the News Media? w/ Victor Pickard

    Paris Marx is joined by Victor Pickard to discuss the continued layoffs in news media, and how they are symptomatic of a deeper, structural crisis in journalism.

    Victor Pickard is Professor of Media Policy and Political Economy at University of Pennsylvania. He’s also the author of Democracy Without Journalism?: Confronting the Misinformation Society.

    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. Support the show on Patreon.

    The podcast is made in partnership with The Nation and produced by Eric Wickham. Transcripts are by Brigitte Pawliw-Fry.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Paris will be speaking in Christchurch on February 4 and Wellington on February 8.Victor wrote for Niemen Lab about the need to divorce news and capitalism, and argued for public newspapers in the Washington Post.In the US, two-thirds of newspaper jobs, or 43,000 journalists, have been lost since 2005.Robert McChesney and John Nichols propose a Local Journalism Initiative.Police raided a newspaper in Kansas on August 11, 2023, setting off a major scandal that’s now seen the police chief suspended.Support the show

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Spotify Tried to Take Over Podcasting w/ Eric Silver

    How Spotify Tried to Take Over Podcasting w/ Eric Silver

    Paris Marx is joined by Eric Silver to discuss Spotify’s big plan to dominate podcasting, why it’s now pulling back from those efforts, and the difference between highly produced and more independent podcasts.

    Eric Silver is a podcast producer and head of development at Multitude.

    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. Support the show on Patreon.

    The podcast is made in partnership with The Nation and produced by Eric Wickham. Transcripts are by Brigitte Pawliw-Fry.

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Paris will be in Christchurch on February 4 (details here) and Wellington on February 8 (details here). He’s hoping to get an Auckland date organized and is open to going to Australia.Spotify pulled back on its podcasting ambitions last year, canceling big shows and laying off staff.After buying Gimlet and Parcast, it merged them into Spotify Originals last year.Ashley Carman posted a slide from a Spotify presentation presenting the RSS feed as “outdated tech” because it’s harder for them to harvest data from.Support the show

    • 59 min
    AI Hype Distracted Us From Real Problems w/ Timnit Gebru

    AI Hype Distracted Us From Real Problems w/ Timnit Gebru

    Paris Marx is joined by Timnit Gebru to discuss the past year in AI hype, how AI companies have shaped regulation, and tech’s relationship to Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.
     
    Timnit Gebru is the founder and executive director of the Distributed AI Research Institute.

    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. Support the show on Patreon.
     
    The podcast is produced by Eric Wickham. Transcripts are by Brigitte Pawliw-Fry.
     
    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Paris is speaking in Montreal on January 20. Details here.Billy Perrigo reported on OpenAI lobbying to water down the EU’s AI Act.Nitasha Tiku wrote about the push to train students in a particular idea of AI.Politico has been doing a lot of reporting on the influences on AI policy in the US and UK.OpenAI made a submission in the UK to try to get permission to train on copyrighted material.Arab workers in the tech industry fear the consequences of speaking out for Palestinian rights.972 Magazine reported on Israel’s use of AI to increase its targets in Gaza.Jack Poulson chronicles the growing ties between military and tech.Timnit mentioned No Tech for Apartheid, Antony Loewenstein’s The Palestine Laboratory, and Malcolm Harris’ Palo Alto.Support the show

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
377 Ratings

377 Ratings

evilkneil ,

One of the most vital podcasts for our real time devolution

Every episode is informative and important.

Claire =^..^= ,

Paris get a TikTok!

Best pod.

Manny Camps ,

The dying news episode was tough to listen to

I don’t know if this is the first interview that the guest has ever done but his tone was so over the top, dramatic, whiney. The inflections in his voice were worse than nails on a chalkboard. Also, we hate the mainstream media because of their dishonest coverage of geopolitics (like Israel at the moment), war mongering, propaganda for the ultra wealthy, failure to criticize capitalism, racist anti china rhetoric, etc.

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