Winning Slowly

There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how the latest tech gadget or “innovation” will affect the tech landscape tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech in a decade—much less a century. In a culture obsessed with now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond? 25–35-minute episodes released the first and third Wednesdays of the month.


episode 3: 1.03: Disrupting All The Things

Show Notes

In which we look (rather critically) at the tech sphere’s tendency to assume everything not only can but should be disrupted. Snarky asides on smartwatches and smartshoes segue into a discussion of the necessity of humility and the importance of recognizing what technology cannot do and what it should not do.

Note: by “disruption” we are focused not on the particular concept developed by Clay Christensen, but on the popular view of the word. We are aware of the distinction, but decided to set it aside for the purposes of this particular episode.

  • MOOCs: Massively Open Online Courses
  • Intro (2:09)
  • MOOCs! Watches! Shoes! (2:09–9:06)
  • The Cult of Disruption (9:06–15:32)
  • Technological Imperialism (15:32–21:22)
  • Recognizing Tech’s Limitations (21:22–27:36)
  • Conclusion (27:36–28:36)
  • “Cado Año (Version Two)”, from For Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself, by Fiery Crash. Used by permission.
  • “Winning Slowly Theme”, by Chris Krycho. Used by dint of being written the show.

  • Chris’ friend Kyle West, now self-publishing successfully:

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