Tech Won't Save Us

Tech Won't Save Us

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Elon Musk has a tech solution for everything, but who do his ideas really serve? In each episode of Tech Won’t Save Us, Paris Marx will be joined a new guest to critically examine the tech industry, its thought leaders, and the worldview that emanates ?


How to Defeat an Apple Store w/ Tania Davidge
Aug 6 • 33 min
Paris Marx is joined by Tania Davidge to discuss the campaign to stop Apple from building a store in the middle of Melbourne’s Federation Square and how the company’s vision of a town square differs from what a true public space should be.Tania Davidge…
The Boring Company is a Complete Joke w/ Alissa Walker
Jul 30 • 38 min
Paris Marx is joined by Alissa Walker to discuss how Elon Musk’s Boring Company transportation system has changed over the past few years, what his plans in Las Vegas mean for workers and transit users, and why tech companies are distracting us from a…
Space Mining Brings Capitalism to the Cosmos w/ Julie Michelle Klinger
Jul 23 • 39 min
Paris Marx is joined by Julie Michelle Klinger to discuss the myths around rare earth elements and how they’re fueling a movement to enclose and mine space. But a better, more collaborative future that treats space as a commons is still possible, and…
The Global South Holds a Better Future of Tech w/ Juan Ortiz Freuler
Jul 16 • 42 min
Paris Marx is joined by Juan Ortiz Freuler to discuss the recent global negotiations on the taxation of multinational corporations, how Africa is demanding the digital labor of its citizens be accounted for, how these tensions threaten to fragment the…
Smart Tech Is Designed For Control w/ Jathan Sadowski
Jul 9 • 41 min
Paris Marx is joined by Jathan Sadowski to discuss the politics of smart technology, how it enables powerful actors to further control the population, and why we should be more comfortable dismantling technologies that don’t serve the public good.Jathan…
Why Uber Failed at Micromobility w/ Aaron W. Gordon
Jul 2 • 41 min
Paris Marx is joined by Aaron W. Gordon to discuss how VC-backed tech companies upended the bike-share industry, how that specifically played out in the case of Uber and Jump, and why the dockless bike and scooter model is failing.Aaron is a senior…
Technofascism in India w/ Banu Subramaniam & Debjani Bhattacharyya
Jun 25 • 40 min
Paris Marx is joined by Banu Subramaniam and Debjani Bhattacharyya to discuss Indian politics under Narendra Modi and the BJP; how contract-tracing apps and geofencing are being used to monitor people during COVID-19; and how Hindu nationalism is…
Amazon Wants to Dominate Everything w/ Brian Merchant
Jun 18 • 44 min
Paris Marx is joined by Brian Merchant to discuss how Amazon’s response to COVID-19 has put its workers in danger, how big tech companies are partnering with oil and gas companies, and why the pandemic makes it clear that shopping at Amazon is…
Tech Giants Don’t Care About Black Lives w/ Edward Ongweso Jr.
Jun 11 • 41 min
Paris Marx is joined by Edward Ongweso Jr. to discuss how the labor practices, tech products, and global supply chains of tech companies prove they don’t care about Black lives — regardless of what they’ve said in recent statements. Edward also explains…
Art is More Than Ones and Zeroes w/ Nika Roza Danilova
Jun 4 • 40 min
Paris Marx is joined by Nika Roza Danilova to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting artists, the privileged worldview of tech, the human essence of art, and why that can’t be replicated by artificial intelligence. She also provides advice on how to best…
A Cooperative Vision for Technological Innovation w/ Dan Hind
May 28 • 37 min
Paris Marx is joined by Dan Hind to discuss the problems with the existing tech industry and its links to the state, and his proposal for reorienting technological development to promote human flourishing and a cooperative economy.Dan Hind is the author…
Uber’s War on Drivers w/ Veena Dubal
May 21 • 38 min
Paris Marx is joined by Veena Dubal to discuss how Uber’s misclassification of drivers of independent contractors denies them rights and protections granted to other workers; how that’s causing even more problems during the pandemic; the ongoing fight…
How Tech Platforms Affect Our Digital Lives w/ Joanne McNeil
May 19 • 38 min
Paris Marx is joined by Joanne McNeil to discuss how our experience online has evolved over the past three decades, the class backgrounds of tech founders, how the AIDS crisis robbed us an important contribution to the early web, and whether COVID-19…
History Shows Radical Futures Are Possible w/ Lizzie O’Shea
May 14 • 45 min
Paris Marx is joined by Lizzie O’Shea to discuss how learning about history can empower us to imagine more radical futures, how COVID-19 could create the opportunity to demand a better world, and how the praise for essential workers could help us…
Tech Billionaires Think They’re Better Than You w/ Rob Larson
May 12 • 48 min
Paris Marx is joined by Rob Larson to discuss how tech billionaires use philanthropy to massage their images, how they’re creating a world that leaves nearly everyone else worse off, and how we need to respond with an online socialism to bring tech…
Fighting Back Against the Tech Monopolies w/ Grace Blakeley
May 7 • 43 min
Paris Marx is joined by Grace Blakeley to discuss how neoliberal capitalism benefits the tech monopolies, how they’re thriving as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and how workers fight back after the defeat of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn.Grace…
Elon Musk is a Cult Leader w/ Ilari Kaila
May 5 • 45 min
Paris Marx is joined by Ilari Kaila to talk about Elon Musk’s latest unhinged tweeting episode, his self-serving calls to end COVID-19 lockdowns, and how the outlandish promises he makes and stories he makes result in a cult-like devotion by those who…
How Tech Distracts Us From the Bigger Picture w/ Bianca Wylie
Apr 30 • 55 min
Paris Marx is joined by Bianca Wylie to talk about the response to COVID-19, how governments’ emphasis on tech solutions ignores (and potentially entrenches) social inequalities, and how we might take control of technology to ensure it works for the…
Bursting the Reality Bubble w/ Ziya Tong
Apr 27 • 42 min
Paris Marx is joined by Ziya Tong to talk about how COVID-19 is helping us to see the world in a new way, and how that might open the door to reimagining how we organize society. Our “reality bubbles” about work, the food system, technology, and our…
Transit is the Future w/ James Wilt
Apr 23 • 54 min
Paris Marx is joined by James Wilt to talk about how COVID-19 is affecting transportation systems, the flaws in tech’s auto-oriented visions of the future, and why we need to fight for better transit systems to more equitably serve everyone.James Wilt…
Tech’s Response to COVID-19 w/ Wendy Liu
Apr 20 • 41 min
Paris Marx is joined by Wendy Liu to talk about how the tech industry is responding to COVID-19, how tech workers may find their jobs at risk in the aftermath, and why we need to change the system to build tech for the public good instead of in service…
A Brief Introduction
Apr 11 • 3 min
Tech Won’t Save Us challenges the notion that technology alone can solve our problems. Full episodes coming very soon.