“The paradox, and the wonder are that the clock was invented by men who wanted to devote themselves more rigorously to God; it ended as the technology of greatest use to men who wished to devote themselves to the accumulation of money.” -Neil Postman
As we are approaching the end of the year we would like to introduce a new series that will be published in 2023. The series, “Critical Tech” will be focused on exposing critiques of technology from thinkers like Herbert Marcuse, Neil Postman, Shoshana Zuboff, Chul Byung Han, Julian Assange, &and more, with the aim of bringing to the forefront important questions regarding the role of technology in our society.
We believe that with the expanding influence of technology in every aspect of our lives it becomes crucial to critically reflect on the implications that come together with the comforts that technology has afforded us. With this series we hope to raise awareness on the current technological landscape marked by surveillance and increased manipulation while also stimulating a reflection on the values and goals that technology should abide to.
This is a particularly important discussion to have as the crypto industry is building its fundamentals. If the industry wants to live up to its promise of bringing forward social and economic change, then it needs to critically examine itself as it grows thus avoiding the mistakes of the past. Crucially, the crypto industry needs to engage its users if it truly wants to empower them and develop a clear vision for the future, that requires stimulation and , reflection, and a lot of experimentation.
This series is a small step towards this direction, a repository of critiques, new ideas, and visions!