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Tech Won't Save Us

Silicon Valley has a solution for everything, but who do its ideas really serve? Every Thursday, Paris Marx is joined by a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its thought leaders, and the worldview it spreads. They challenge the notion that tech alone can drive our world forward by showing that separating tech from politics has consequences for us all, especially the most vulnerable. But if tech won't save us, what will? This podcast isn't simply about tearing tech down; it also presents radical ideas for tech designed for human flourishing instead of surveillance, acquisitions, or to boost stock prices. A better world is possible, and so is better technology.


Who Inspired Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos’ Space Visions? w/ Fred Scharmen 53:53 12/02/2021
Don’t Give Surveillance for Christmas w/ Chris Gilliard 57:05 11/25/2021
Net-Zero Uses Technofixes to Delay Climate Action w/ Sabrina Fernandes 58:07 11/18/2021
How Amazon is Changing the Books We Read w/ Mark McGurl 49:09 11/11/2021
Why the Metaverse Must Be Stopped w/ Brian Merchant 68:18 11/04/2021
Can Nostalgia Inspire a Better Future? w/ Grafton Tanner 54:35 10/28/2021
What Gig Work Means for Women in India w/ Noopur Raval 53:40 10/21/2021
Beating Uber at the UK Supreme Court w/ Yaseen Aslam 42:24 10/19/2021
Solidarity in Canada’s Gig Economy w/ Jennifer Scott & Brice Sopher 52:52 10/14/2021
Gig Work is Not a Novelty in Brazil w/ Rafael Grohmann 46:57 10/12/2021
The Fight for Gig Workers’ Rights in Europe w/ Ben Wray 46:33 10/07/2021
Migrant Workers in Australia’s Gig Economy w/ Tyler Riordan 43:10 10/05/2021
How Race Was Central to Prop 22 w/ Veena Dubal 45:43 09/30/2021
The Amazon Union Drive Comes to Canada w/ Sara Mojtehedzadeh 51:02 09/23/2021
What Apple Won’t Tell You About the iPhone w/ Brian Merchant 72:31 09/16/2021
The Creation of a Black Cyberculture w/ André Brock 48:37 09/09/2021
Big Tech Entrenches US Power w/ Michael Kwet 50:48 09/02/2021
Blockchain Won’t Save the Global South w/ Olivier Jutel 58:53 08/26/2021
How Neoliberalism Seized the Internet w/ Dan Greene 57:20 08/19/2021
How Smart is the Smart City? w/ Shannon Mattern 48:06 08/12/2021
How Australia Used Tech Against Welfare Recipients w/ Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran 41:09 08/05/2021
How Streaming is Reshaping the Film Industry w/ Peter Labuza 56:50 07/29/2021
Demystifying the Billionaire Space Race 43:35 07/22/2021
“Sleep Dealer” and the Border Politics of Tech w/ Alex Rivera 50:55 07/15/2021
Tech Criticism Before the Techlash w/ Zachary Loeb 53:41 07/08/2021
Bitcoin is a Right-Wing Technology w/ David Golumbia 52:18 07/01/2021
VCs Want to Disrupt the Media w/ Eoin Higgins 36:51 06/24/2021
Facebook Is A Battleground w/ Avi Asher-Schapiro and Maya Gebeily 41:48 06/17/2021
Embracing Glitch Feminism w/ Legacy Russell 47:17 06/10/2021
The Sunset of the Californian Ideology? w/ Richard Barbrook 63:06 06/03/2021