Category Archives: Science & Technology

Summary of “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist”

I recently read an article in The Atlantic by Tristan Harris, a former Product Manager at Google who studies the ethics of how the design of technology influences people’s psychology and behavior. Continue reading Summary of “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist”

Critique of Bill Joy’s “Why the future doesn’t need us”

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In his well-known piece, “Why the future doesn’t need us,” Bill Joy argues that 21st century technologies—genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology (GNR)—will extinguish human beings as we now know them, a prospect he finds deeply disturbing. I find his arguments deeply flawed and critique each of them in turn. Continue reading Critique of Bill Joy’s “Why the future doesn’t need us”