The Eternal October: Bringing Back Tech Optimism, Without The Naivety

Sun, 25 Jul 2021 06:15:57 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210718/01065747196/eternal-october-bringing-back-tech-optimism-without-naivety.shtml>

"For many reasons, it seems we're deep in the mire of the techlash: everywhere
you look, there are stories about the evils of technology. And while it is
important to explore the risks and downsides of technology -- especially after
a few decades dominated by boosterism and PR-pretending-to-be-news -- there's a
real danger of throwing out all the good (and potential good) while trying to
deal with everything bad.

I think it's time that we bring back recognition of how innovation, and
technology such as the open internet, can actually do tremendous good in the
world. I'm not talking about a return to unfettered boosterism and unthinking
cheerleading -- but a new and better-informed understanding of how innovation
can create important and useful outcomes. An understanding that recognizes and
aims to minimize the potential downsides, taking the lessons of the techlash
and looking for ways to create a better, more innovative world."

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               *** Xanni ***
--
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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