There are useful idiots. Look around.
I'm curious as to what kind of people go to a data protection conference to enjoy a session - organized by Uber - on the algorithmic regulation of transportation
The entirety of their understanding of technology (in this essay anyway) is shaped by two highly abstract and theoretical texts, from 2009 (!), with no pretension to understand the actual dynamics of capital, in the tech sector or outside
My diagnosis of this kind of thought, in the Zuboff review, as a faux-radical version of functionalism seems correct: there's a teleological assumption about what drives capitalism and its consituent elements and no reality is allowed to intrude if it doesn't bolster the thesis.
If you use "entrepreneur" as a verb often enough, you will eventually trigger some powerful innovations in the field of bullsh*t studies
2009: The blockchain will undermine central power! 2019: The blockchain will help Facebook to undermine the central power of the state by using the rhetoric of decentralization to actually centralize power in its own hands. A decade of utter confusion.
The world in 2017: MasterCard wants to know if refugee camps can be turned into smart cities.
My latest: What the Epstein case tells us about the moral bankruptcy of our techno-elites
Wow: Mining $1 worth of Bitcoin entails almost $0.5 in human and environmental costs. This new paper on the environmental and health impacts of cryptocurrency mining is amazing. (via ) @syllabus_tweets