Morozov, E. (2013). To save everything, click here: The folly of technological solutionism.
Argues that technology is changing the way we understand human society and discusses how the disciplines of politics, culture, public debate, morality, and humanism will be affected when responsibility for them is delegated to technology.
Evgeny Morozov: The Risks of Advanced Information Technology (67minutes)
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism (75 minutes)
Lanier, J. (2013). Who owns the future?. [At a minimum read pages 123-140 on humors. Look at Table of Contents, skim first chapters, suggested read 107-123. ]
In this book the author, father of virtual reality, and one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers evaluates the negative impact of digital network technologies on the economy and particularly the middle class, citing challenges to employment and personal wealth while exploring the potential of a new information economy. This is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age: the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks. He has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades. He shows how Siren Servers, which exploit big data and the free sharing of information, led our economy into recession, imperiled personal privacy, and hollowed out the middle class. The networks that define our world, including social media, financial institutions, and intelligence agencies, now threaten to destroy it. But there is an alternative. In this book he charts a path toward a brighter future: an information economy that rewards ordinary people for what they do and share on the web.
Stanford Seminar – Who owns the future (76 Minutes)
In Conversation: Jaron Lanier talks to James Bridle on Who Owns the Future?
Cowen, T. (2013). Average is over: Powering America beyond the age of the great stagnation.
There are more rich people and more poor people in our country than ever before. That widening gap means dealing with one big, uncomfortable truth: the middle is growing thinner and thinner. Globally renowned economist Tyler Cowen explains how this happened: high earners are taking ever more advantage of computers and achieving ever-better results. Meanwhile, low earners who haven’t committed to learning the new technologies have poor prospects. Nearly every business sector relies less and less on manual labor for high-value jobs, and this fact is forever changing the world of work and wages. About 3/4 of the jobs created in the United States since the great recession pay $13.52 an hour or less–there is no longer a steady, secure life somewhere in the middle. Here, Cowen reveals what the new features of this economy mean for taxes, government spending, employee benefits, debt and education. Most importantly, Cowen identifies the best path forward for workers and entrepreneurs and provides readers with a road map to a new economic landscape.–From publisher description.
FFF Economic Liberty Lecture Series: Tyler Cowen – “Is Average Over in an Age of Great Stagnation?” (68 Minutes)