January 01, 2017

"To their credit, Ito and Howe don’t gloss over the dangers of distributing power to the masses."

NY Times: Nor do they engage in the hackneyed fantasy that our coming techno-utopia will lift billions out of poverty, free us from the burden of work and lead us into a glorious future of leisure and abundance. by Kevin Roose

'Justifying the value of alarmism in times of technological upheaval, they write, “Observing institutions of immense economic and social value stumble blithely into a buzz saw struck us as less dinner party conversation and more four-alarm fire.”

'They’re right. In our uncertain times, the work of futurism is more important than ever and should be done by people with sufficient imagination about how things could go wrong. Dystopian sci-fi and TV shows like “Black Mirror” are a necessary corrective to the cheerleaders of Silicon Valley, but in the age of Trump, they’re not enough.

'We need serious, thoughtful people to grapple with the implications of innovation and help us recognize the ways that new technology, if placed in an unstable political climate and seized upon by malevolent actors, could result in harm and hardship. The futurists can help us navigate the storms ahead, but first, they need to take off the rose-colored binoculars.'

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