When the internet is in everything, its problems are everywhere.
As technologies of quantification and video capture grow more sophisticated, is baseball changing? Do those changes have moral implications?
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.
“I'll say something controversial. Bioethics tends to not interrogate the details of science, let alone the more technical questions.”
Digital health is solidifying the divide between those whose health is valued and those whose health is ignored.
Even with its ambitious and compelling premise of robot revolution, HBO’s Westworld lacks the imagination to follow the story to its logical outcomes.
Declaring water a human right is easy. But to actually secure that right, the best method—surprisingly—is bureaucratic sleights of hand.
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.”
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.
Thanks to surveillance, political violence, and AI, we no longer have the luxury of humanist utopias to plan for the future.
Tech does not arrive in a city to save it. Instead, tech’s financial success depends on dismissing and exploiting existing disparities.
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
Companies like Uber and Airbnb rely on the exploitation of users and workers—and some investors are pushing back. Welcome to the “techlash.”
What could our internet have been?
A resource for teaching and discussing the internet, including a reading list, podcast, and discussion questions.
What we can learn from Silicon Valley’s history as we envision more just technologies for the future?
What new cultural forms are developing in the vast universe of the internet? How can observers and scholars keep up with the accelerated pace of human creativity online?
What kind of social space are we inhabiting when we’re online? How do practices like data collection, data brokering, and surveillance underwrite the “free” services we enjoy?
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.