Tech Won't Save Us

Silicon Valley wants to shape our future, but why should we let it? Every Thursday, Paris Marx is joined by a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its big promises, and the people behind them. Tech Won’t Save Us challenges 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. It’s not your usual tech podcast.

https://techwontsave.us/

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 56m. Bisher sind 220 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 8 days 11 hours 34 minutes

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episode 214: What Elon Musk Won’t Tell You About Settling Mars w/ Zach Weinersmith


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episode 213: What the TikTok Ban Reveals About US Tech Policy w/ Jacob Silverman


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Jacob Silverman is a tech journalist and the co-author of Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud.

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Time for a Butlerian Jihad?: A ‘Dune’ Chat w/ Ed Ongweso Jr & Brian Merchant


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Ed Ongweso Jr is finance editor at Logic(s) Magazine and cohost of This Machine Kills. Brian Merchant is a technology journalist and the author of Blood In the Machine: The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech...


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episode 211: Silicon Valley Deserves Your Anger w/ Ed Zitron


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Paris Marx is joined by Dharna Noor to discuss widely-held misconceptions about the effectiveness of plastic recycling and how industry lobbies invented them to protect the market for plastic products.

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episode 209: A Setback for Gig Workers’ Rights in Europe w/ Ben Wray


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episode 207: How Interfaces Shape Our Relationship to Tech w/ Zachary Kaiser


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