All eyes have been on Silicon Valley as hopes have been pinned on the idea of using technology to create positive social change. But what if the motivations of those behind the codes do not align with this view?
My latest article for Pioneers Post looks at the rise of ‘Tech for Ungood, and calls in to question the Cult of Disruption. You can read the article here: http://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views/20150106/the-rise-of-tech-ungood
If it peaks your interest, I’d suggest also reading these two pieces:
- This short blog by Adam Lent of the RSA briefly discusses the rise of the blockchain, the technology which underpins BitCoin and has the potential to revolutionise business (amongst other things): http://www.rsablogs.org.uk/2014/adam-lent/hello-blockchain-future-decentralised-flat-small-creative-bit-scary/
- This longer piece by Matthew Sparkes for The Telegraph also looks at the rise of the blockchain, but looks at it’s potentially disastrous application to political and social issues: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10881213/The-coming-digital-anarchy.html
All three article raise important questions about what we want technology to do for us, and whether or not this aligns with the philosophies and politics of those who hold the money and technology.