A few hours ago Arieanna and I went to hear Cory Doctorow give a talk called “Cory Doctorow: The Totalitarian Urge: total information awareness and the cosmic billiards”. He describes it:
â€œItâ€™s about how technology changes the way we view social problems,â€ says Doctorow. â€œOlder mechanical technologies make us see the world as deterministic, knowable and manipulable. New emergent technologies like the Internet teach us that control is an illusion, the universe is out of control and laughing at us, and that the more we watch and control, the more problems we have.â€
He talked about things like DRM, privacy, Copyright and how this all comes together to change the way we live now and what the future may hold if we let governments and corporations do as they like, unchecked. More control is not always better.
I recorded the lecture and you can download download an mp3 from the Internet Archive