“We can’t always explain how algorithms reach their decisions. The reasoning of algorithms, like the will of God, is unfathomable.”
Editor: Mona Sloane
Tech promises to cure any ailment, whether an unwelcome feeling or a global pandemic. But what if tech itself is ill? And what is a cure, anyway?
In the digital world, metrics mean everything. But who interprets just what they mean changes across organizations, countries, and cultures.
Both the definition of “intelligence” and the tech industry are deeply entwined with white domination. Will white-supremacist AI be the result?
When the internet is in everything, its problems are everywhere.
Critical examinations of the internet too often focus on the successes and failures of corporate leaders, rather than on the real constituents of online communities.
In this parodic installment of Shoptalk, we salute the year of conferences that have tried to be.
Perhaps the lesson to take from this year of living online is not about making better technology. It’s about recognizing technology’s limits.
“Start-ups: they need philosophers, political theorists, historians, poets. Critics.”
Two futurists ran an experiment: What happens when a room of strangers plan for the future together?
Let’s rupture and reject the “timeline,” a flawed and colonial form of teaching history.
Humans can adapt to almost anything. So if social media forces us into permanently hostile camps, we will learn to stop seeing any other way.
Companies like Uber and Airbnb rely on the exploitation of users and workers—and some investors are pushing back. Welcome to the “techlash.”
A resource for teaching and discussing the internet, including a reading list, podcast, and discussion questions.
To understand Silicon Valley, first examine the stories it tells about itself; just like, to understand the Victorian age, first read writers like Dickens and Dreiser.
“We have to build against the legacy of inequality. Intentionally. We have to build our values into our design practices.”
Digital health is solidifying the divide between those whose health is valued and those whose health is ignored.
We must reimagine our algorithmic systems as responsible innovations that serve to support liberatory and just societies.
Silicon Valley has no mystical powers. It gets away with being thought of as apolitical simply because few have called its bluff.
Does the relationship between power and AI mean that all people will be monitored all the time?