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Questioning the Myths of Utopian Tech

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Episode 275
July 10, 2024
00:58:30
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Hosted by Dave Levine

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In recent decades, Silicon Valley has driven a rosy narrative about the benefits of technology. However, this mindset has blurred–and often overlooked–widespread societal inequities and marginalization. In his book “Your Computer is on Fire,” Benjamin Peters and his co-authors elucidate how our technological infrastructure has intertwined with our daily lives, giving rise to “large-scale consequences of Silicon Valley.”. Delving into energy-intensive server farms, biased algorithms, and corporate behavior, Dave and Benjamin dive into the perils of technophilia and why tech utopianism is at an end.

“Apple has brought about great things. I’m surrounded by their products, but I also see that our democracy, our politics, our history, and our globalization instincts may not be better for it. And that is the consequence of real knowledge.” 

-Benjamin Peters

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

-Aldous Huxley 

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ABOUT THE GUEST

Benjamin Peters

Benjamin Peters is a Hazel Rogers Associate Professor and Chair of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa. He has authored and coedited multiple books, including How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet (MITP), Digital Keywords (Princeton UP), and Your Computer is on Fire (MITP). His work centers around how media technologies operate in different cultures.
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DAVID LEVINE

Dave Levine is the founder and host of Hearsay Culture. He is a Professor at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (Stanford Law School). From 2014-2017, he was a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is also the co-author of Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity (West 2019). A regular contributor to Slate, Dave has been published in leading newspapers, websites, and academic journals in the US and EU.

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