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The Transparent Society | WIRED
Written in 1996, but you can't tell until well least the first half.

We might agitate, demonstrate, legislate. But in rushing to pass so-called privacy laws, we will not succeed in preventing hidden eyes from peering into our lives. The devices will get tinier, more mobile, and more clever. In software form, they will cruise the data highways. The chief effect that "privacy" laws have is to "make the bugs smaller."
privacy  liberty  thought  experiment  longform  essay 
23 days ago by dandv
STRIKE! Magazine – On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
David Graeber original essay (2013) leading to the "bullshit jobs" book published 2018 #ubi



In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century's end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There's every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn't happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out...
economics  jobs  sociology  thought 
7 weeks ago by dynamo
What Could Pop The Everything Bubble? | Peak Prosperity
The policy of creating trillions in new currency and buying trillions in assets has inflated an 'Everything' Bubble -- a bubble in all the asset classes being supported or purchased by central banks and their proxies.Many observers wonder: What, if anything, can pop this?
thought  economics 
8 weeks ago by n0vakovic

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