21 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, 17 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.

    The Boring Company is a Complete Joke w/ Alissa Walker

    The Boring Company is a Complete Joke w/ Alissa Walker

    Paris Marx is joined by Alissa Walker to discuss how Elon Musk’s Boring Company transportation system has changed over the past few years, what his plans in Las Vegas mean for workers and transit users, and why tech companies are distracting us from a...

    • 38 min
    Space Mining Brings Capitalism to the Cosmos w/ Julie Michelle Klinger

    Space Mining Brings Capitalism to the Cosmos w/ Julie Michelle Klinger

    Paris Marx is joined by Julie Michelle Klinger to discuss the myths around rare earth elements and how they’re fueling a movement to enclose and mine space. But a better, more collaborative future that treats space as a commons is still possible, and...

    • 39 min
    The Global South Holds a Better Future of Tech w/ Juan Ortiz Freuler

    The Global South Holds a Better Future of Tech w/ Juan Ortiz Freuler

    Paris Marx is joined by Juan Ortiz Freuler to discuss the recent global negotiations on the taxation of multinational corporations, how Africa is demanding the digital labor of its citizens be accounted for, how these tensions threaten to fragment the...

    • 42 min
    Smart Tech Is Designed For Control w/ Jathan Sadowski

    Smart Tech Is Designed For Control w/ Jathan Sadowski

    Paris Marx is joined by Jathan Sadowski to discuss the politics of smart technology, how it enables powerful actors to further control the population, and why we should be more comfortable dismantling technologies that don’t serve the public good.Jathan...

    • 41 min
    Why Uber Failed at Micromobility w/ Aaron W. Gordon

    Why Uber Failed at Micromobility w/ Aaron W. Gordon

    Paris Marx is joined by Aaron W. Gordon to discuss how VC-backed tech companies upended the bike-share industry, how that specifically played out in the case of Uber and Jump, and why the dockless bike and scooter model is failing.Aaron is a senior...

    • 41 min
    Technofascism in India w/ Banu Subramaniam & Debjani Bhattacharyya

    Technofascism in India w/ Banu Subramaniam & Debjani Bhattacharyya

    Paris Marx is joined by Banu Subramaniam and Debjani Bhattacharyya to discuss Indian politics under Narendra Modi and the BJP; how contract-tracing apps and geofencing are being used to monitor people during COVID-19; and how Hindu nationalism is...

    • 40 min

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Newsletter—> podcast

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.

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Healthy Perspective

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

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