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Rethinking Technological Positivism with Cory Doctorow

Self-driving cars or armed autonomous military robots may make use of the same technologies. In a certain sense, we as software developers are helping to build and shape the future. What does the future look like and are we helping build the right one? Is technology a force for liberty or oppression.

Cory Doctorow is one of my favorite authors and also a public intellectual with a keen insight into the dangers we face a society. In this interview, I ask him how to avoid ending up in a techno-totalitarian society. We also talk about Turing, DRM, data mining and monopolies.

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  1. Great stuff, thanks!

    I had to look up Lawrence Lessig

    http://www.lessig.org/about/

    and his “four forces”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathetic_dot_theory

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  4. Thank you for discussing such timely and pertinent issues. As a practitioner I often fall asleep at the wheel.
    I find Bruce Schneir’s public interest technology resources site helpful to further discussion and focus action around these kind of discussions: https://public-interest-tech.com/

  5. I know this wasn’t as focused on software language or syntax or architecture as usual, but this was probably my favorite ep!

    That sounds bad, but I like the others also, so keep it up.

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