Tech Won't Save Us

By Paris Marx

Silicon Valley has a solution for everything, but who do its ideas really serve? Every Thursday, Paris Marx is joined by a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its thought leaders, and the worldview it spreads. They challenge 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. But if tech won't save us, what will? This podcast isn't simply about tearing tech down; it also presents radical ideas for tech designed for human flourishing instead of surveillance, acquisitions, or to boost stock prices. A better world is possible, and so is better technology.

  1. 1.
    How Algorithms Are Transforming Work w/ Callum Cant
    56:44
  2. 2.
    Why We Need a Luddite Politics of Tech w/ Gavin Mueller
    55:30
  3. 3.
    Australia’s Plan to Make Tech Pay for News w/ Lizzie O’Shea
    45:56
  4. 4.
    How Indonesian Gig Workers Are Organizing w/ Rida Qadri
    54:04
  5. 5.
    Amazon’s Vigorous Opposition to Unions w/ Lauren Kaori Gurley
    41:21
  6. 6.
    How Nostalgia Serves Corporate Power w/ Grafton Tanner
    51:02
  7. 7.
    How YouTube Normalizes Right-Wing Extremism w/ Becca Lewis
    51:02
  8. 8.
    Why We Need a Democratic Approach to Data w/ Salomé Viljoen
    43:43
  1. 9.
    The Frictionless World of Silicon Valley w/ Anna Wiener
    50:28
  2. 10.
    Platforms for Public Good w/ Mathew Lawrence & Thomas Hanna
    1:03:22
  3. 11.
    The Complex Systems that Govern Our Lives w/ Tim Maughan
    57:15
  4. 12.
    How Urban Tech Increases Corporate Control w/ David Banks
    54:27
  5. 13.
    Why Game and Tech Workers Are Organizing w/ Emma Kinema
    57:57
  6. 14.
    Fighting for Gig Workers’ Rights After Prop 22 w/ Wilfred Chan
    38:16
  7. 15.
    How Spotify is Built On Artist Exploitation w/ Liz Pelly
    43:47
  8. 16.
    The Injury Crisis in Amazon Warehouses w/ Will Evans
    36:29
  9. 17.
    How Video Games are Shaped by Capitalism w/ Daniel Joseph
    47:46
  10. 18.
    Jobs Suck, But Not Because of Automation w/ Aaron Benanav
    48:22
  11. 19.
    Section 230 Protects Free Expression Online w/ Evan Greer
    46:24
  12. 20.
    What Rural China Teaches Us About the Future of Tech w/ Xiaowei Wang
    43:40
  13. 21.
    Why Google’s Ad Business Could Implode w/ Tim Hwang
    41:42
  14. 22.
    Silicon Valley is Embracing Anti-China Nationalism w/ JS Tan
    34:53
  15. 23.
    Major Publishers Want to Shut Down Digital Lending w/ Maria Bustillos
    45:22
  16. 24.
    How Google & Facebook Dominate Digital Ads w/ Shoshana Wodinsky
    38:04
  17. 25.
    How Foxconn Treats the Workers Who Built Your iPhone w/ Jenny Chan
    50:22
  18. 26.
    A Better Internet Requires Ending the Monopolies w/ Cory Doctorow
    50:09
  19. 27.
    Thinking about Tech in the Present Tense w/ Ben Tarnoff
    44:39
  20. 28.
    We Can’t Talk About Tech Without Talking About Resources w/ Thea Riofrancos
    52:42
  21. 29.
    How Tech Journalism Legitimized the Gig Economy w/ Sam Harnett
    37:37
  22. 30.
    What the History of TV Can Teach Us About Netflix w/ Tom Evens
    36:02
  23. 31.
    How to Defeat an Apple Store w/ Tania Davidge
    33:31
  24. 32.
    The Boring Company is a Complete Joke w/ Alissa Walker
    38:24
  25. 33.
    Space Mining Brings Capitalism to the Cosmos w/ Julie Michelle Klinger
    39:12
  26. 34.
    The Global South Holds a Better Future of Tech w/ Juan Ortiz Freuler
    42:28
  27. 35.
    Smart Tech Is Designed For Control w/ Jathan Sadowski
    41:08
  28. 36.
    Why Uber Failed at Micromobility w/ Aaron W. Gordon
    41:30
  29. 37.
    Technofascism in India w/ Banu Subramaniam & Debjani Bhattacharyya
    40:50
  30. 38.
    Amazon Wants to Dominate Everything w/ Brian Merchant
    44:27
  31. 39.
    Tech Giants Don't Care About Black Lives w/ Edward Ongweso Jr.
    41:17
  32. 40.
    Art is More Than Ones and Zeroes w/ Nika Roza Danilova
    40:34
  33. 41.
    A Cooperative Vision for Technological Innovation w/ Dan Hind
    37:27
  34. 42.
    Uber's War on Drivers w/ Veena Dubal
    38:13
  35. 43.
    How Tech Platforms Affect Our Digital Lives w/ Joanne McNeil
    38:04
  36. 44.
    History Shows Radical Futures Are Possible w/ Lizzie O'Shea
    45:03
  37. 45.
    Tech Billionaires Think They’re Better Than You w/ Rob Larson
    48:33
  38. 46.
    Fighting Back Against the Tech Monopolies w/ Grace Blakeley
    43:56
  39. 47.
    Elon Musk is a Cult Leader w/ Ilari Kaila
    45:27
  40. 48.
    How Tech Distracts Us From the Bigger Picture w/ Bianca Wylie
    55:12
  41. 49.
    Bursting the Reality Bubble w/ Ziya Tong
    42:07
  42. 50.
    Transit is the Future w/ James Wilt
    54:32

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