Category: Podcasts

Podcast #6: Kentaro Toyama on the Fallacies of Tech in Development

Kentaro Toyama is Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan and the author of the book Geek Heresy. After spending five years in India attempting to deploy technology to aid international development, he came back disillusioned. He chats with the Technoskeptic about his experience there and in years of teaching that gave him an understanding of how technology often exacerbates, rather than levels, underlying disparities.

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Podcast #5: David Krakauer on Tech, Cognition, and Social Systems

David Krakauer is President and Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute, a private, not-for-profit, independent research and education center, where he focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture. He sat down with The Technoskeptic to talk about the idea of complementary vs. competitive cognitive artifacts—that is, how technologies extend or supress our own capabilities.

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Alex Marthews

Podcast #4: Alex Marthews on Protecting Privacy

Alex Marthews is the executive director of Restore the Fourth, a national non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting enforcement of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution. He spoke with publisher Mo Lotman about the legal terrain surrounding mass surveillance, including a new effort to bring oversight of the application of surveillance technologies in local communities.

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Podcast #3: Sven Birkerts on Attention and the Self

For over two decades, essayist and social critic Sven Birkerts has cast his unique eye on the way digital technology is altering the formation of social spheres, self-identity, and meaning. His latest book, Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, is a personal and poetic examination of these themes that acts as a welcome balance to data-driven analyses. He speaks with publisher Mo Lotman about the book and his long interest in the subject.

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