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System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot


Dean Judith Kelly, Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, Jolynn Dellinger, and authors

A fireside Book Chat with authors Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, Jeremy Weinstein Join the authors of System Error for a fireside chat about on-going trouble in big tech. This forward-thinking manifesto from three Stanford professors-experts who have worked at ground zero of the tech revolution for decades-reveals how Big Tech's obsession with optimization and efficiency has sacrificed fundamental human values and demands that we change course to renew our democracy and save ourselves. In no more than the blink of an eye, a naive optimism about technology's liberating potential has given way to a dystopian acceptance of a Big Tech behemoth that brings with it biased algorithms, surveillance capitalism, and job-displacing robots. Too many of us have simply accepted a future designed for us by technologists, the venture capitalists who fund them, and the politicians who give them free rein. It doesn't need to be this way.


Panel/Seminar/Colloquium, Technology