How has the internet splintered our democracy?

To solve the problem of negative digital disruption, technologies of the future must overcome the inequalities of today.

  • The intention of the internet was not to threaten democracy, but it's becoming clear that's exactly what it's doing.
  • To fix this problem, we must broaden the scope — politically, socially, and culturally — of who has power and governance over our digital technologies.
  • The most vulnerable communities should be involved in a solution that can coexist with Silicon Valley.

Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow (The MIT Press)


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Empathy is what allows us to understand works of art, right?

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Assuming that the emergence of consciousness in artificial minds is possible, those minds will feel the urge to create art.

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Can you tell this video is fake?

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The world's always been changing, but it feels like it's never changed so quickly as it does now. What life skills will that render obsolete?

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  • Experts estimate that a full 47% of today's jobs may be replaced by automation and AI.
  • As those jobs disappear, so too will the important skills associated with them.
  • This list describes the top three life skills that will either disappear in the future or change so profoundly that we may no longer recognize them.
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