Don’t plan to make individuals retrain for new jobs. Instead, build a society that upholds the lives of everyone.
Editor: Mona Sloane
“In terms of the machine learning programs or robots that we have now, I basically think of them as being comparable to thermostats.”
Tech titans gained power and wealth from the accumulation of data, but that doesn’t mean they are equipped to be long-term stewards of personal and collective memories.
“I’m looking for [companies] where, you know, at the end of it, there’s some big payoff… You know, would that excite me?”
Women invented cyberspace. Yet today’s internet rewards misogyny with fame, wealth, and power. Could it be otherwise?
As the planet warms, environmental destruction obliges us to revise the technoscience expertise and institutions once based on colonial legacies.
Is “low-tech” a more sustainable alternative to moving fast and breaking things? Or just a new iteration of the neoliberal fantasy?
The struggle between the use of math for benevolent or malevolent purposes carries from at least WWII into today’s debates on AI.
Individual protests, like those in Hong Kong, may be defeated. But the global protest movement is only beginning.
Each day, 50,000 people enter Disney’s theme parks, along with their phones, purchases, locations, and photos. What happens to the data?
What kind of world does Spotify—through its algorithmic sorting of millions of users’ desires, through our aggregated listening—produce for us to hear?
“There is nothing shocking or radical about ending an economic practice that has too many negative externalities.”
“We’ve never had a period like this in modern American history,” lamented Governor DeSantis in April 2020, one with “such little new content.”
“You can have really intense intimacy over distance, sometimes only because distance is there.”
“If we want technologies that will not undermine our humanity, social analysts must join with other researchers.”
Art made by AI subverts our usual understandings of creativity as a uniquely human power.
Whether tracking a migrant traveling thousands of miles or someone on parole at home, carceral tech is reaching into all walks of life.
If we accept AIs crafting rap, we repeat the same exploitation that currently separates Black and brown artists from the fruits of their labor.
Violence underlies the whimsical colonizing of an island in “Animal Crossing.” But perhaps it holds promise for political repair, too.
The mugshot was invented in the 1880s. A century later, face surveillance has gone digital but remains as flawed as ever.