San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Bob Hughes, author of The Bleeding Edge: Why technology turns toxic in an unequal world, in conversation with Chris Spannos (New Internationalist).
Event details: This event runs from 12pm-1pm Thursday 1 December. Doors open at 11:30am. Lunch will be provided. Guests can check in at reception before being sent to the 1st floor where the event will be held.
About the Bleeding Edge: Capitalism likes us to believe in the steady, inevitable march of progress, from the abacus to the iPad. But the historical record tells of innumerable roads not taken, all of which could have led to better worlds, and still can. Hughes argues that prioritising equality would develop superior and more diverse technologies that would lead to a richer more sustainable world.
Bob Hughes shows that every major development in the computer's history arose from voluntary initiative or public funding rather than corporate research. The historical evidence suggest that innovation and creativity thrive in egalitarian settings and are stifled by competition - and the hijacking of the computer by capitalism is taking humanity down the wrong road.
Bob Hughes worked as a school teacher, calligrapher, and in advertising before getting involved with computers in the mid-1980s, working on interactive information systems, running an interest group, and writing about the new industry’s unofficial history and creative traditions. Later, he became involved in campaigning for the rights of migrants, on whose labour the digital economy is built, and was a co-founder, in 2003, of No One Is Illegal, UK. He taught digital media at Oxford Brookes University until 2013, with a particular interest in publishing for social change.
Chris Spannos is Digital Editor for, ThoughtWorks partner, the New Internationalist. He has been a journalist for nearly two decades producing media across digital and print media platforms. In 2014 he was a founding Web Editor at teleSUR English in Quito, Ecuador.
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