Podcast interview about how technology shapes society

I went on the Future Fossils podcast to discuss what the future extrapolated in the Analog Novels can teach us about the present:

http://shows.pippa.io/futurefossils/episodes/115

“We haven’t figured out the new societies we want to build, given the new realities we’ve already invented.”

“If you start thinking about the entire internet as an AI, then Google is not a company that is building what could be in the future some kind of AI program. Rather, Google and its status as a corporation, all of the corporate hierarchies that exist within it, and all of the people working on teams there, are actually just one part of that larger internet AI.”

“I’m not a big believer in unitary self as an idea. I think we are all made up of many selves. We have these competing elements within us, and part of what it means to be human is to stitch these together into a coherent narrative. And we do that on the fly all the time.”

“Your solution is going to create new problems, and the best way to best way to deal with that knowingly is to try to keep an open mind, maintain your state of awareness about the world, and continually challenge your own assumptions.”

“We are living in an age of acceleration—and yet, we have always been confronted by a universe that defies our limited ability to make sense of it.”

“My hope is that by using it like reasonable, mutually respectful people, we can turn the digital world into a place that is still gonna have some of the nasty stuff, but is gonna have a lot of the good stuff.”

Complement with my previous appearance on Future Fossils where we talked about science fiction and scenario planning, imagining a future ruled by social media, and my interview with Kevin Kelly about technology trends that will shape the coming decades.

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