Meritocracy. The possibility of overnight success. What’s not to love about Silicon Valley? These days, it’s hard to be unambiguously optimistic about the growth-at-all-costs ethos of the tech industry. Public opinion is souring in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica, Theranos, and the workplace conditions of Amazon workers or Uber drivers. It’s becoming clear that the tech industry’s promised “innovation” is neither sustainable nor always desirable.

Abolish Silicon Valley is both a heartfelt personal story about the wasteful inequality of Silicon Valley, and a rallying call … More

Often translated as resilience or perseverance, the Finnish concept of sisu is about never giving up, even when a task is seemingly impossible. Considered a hot topic of popular psychology, sisu is regarded as having a positive impact on mental health. At the heart of sisu is the idea of getting back up from failures, whether that be losing a job or the end of a relationship, and having the courage to use that experience to further oneself.

Running a marathon and feel like you’ve hit a wall? Got a business idea but too scared to try it? … More

An award-winning Financial Times columnist exposes the threat that Big Tech poses to our democracies, our economies & ourselves. Today Google & Facebook receive 90% of the world’s news ad-spending. Amazon takes half of all ecommerce in the US. Google & Apple operating systems run on all but 1% of cell phones globally. And 80% of corporate wealth is now held by 10% of companies – not the GEs & Toyotas of this world, but the digital titans. How did we get here? How did the tech industry get to dominate our world so completely? How did once-idealistic & innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy, & pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy?

In Don’t Be Evil, Financial Times global business columnist Rana Foroohar documents how Big Tech lost its soul – and … More

Born OTD in 1806, Johann Kaspar , AKA Max Stirner. Max Stirner, was a German philosopher who is often seen as one of the forerunners of nihilism, existentialism, psychoanalytic theory, postmodernism, & individualist anarchism. “The Ego & His Own,” the seminal defence of individualism, coloured the thinking of Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Emst, Henrik Ibsen & Victor Serge, among many others, some of whom would vigorously deny any such influence in later years. Less reticent was Marcel Duchamp, who described Max Stimer as the philosopher most important to his work.

Challenging the religious, philosophical and political constraints on personal freedom, Stimer criticizes all doctrines and beliefs that place the interests … More

The depressing conclusions of her latest book are a far cry from what Zuboff was saying just a decade ago. As late as 2009, she argued that the likes of Amazon, eBay, and Apple were “releas[ing] massive quantities of value by giving people what they wanted on their own terms in their own space.” Zuboff arrived at this sunny diagnosis via her overarching analysis of how information technology was changing society; in this respect, she was one of a cohort of thinkers to argue that a new era—some called it “post-industrial,” others “post-Fordist”—was upon us.

Tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. Profits now depend … More

Book launch tonight at 6pm in St Mary in the Castle with Aaron Bastani on ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism : A Manifesto’. The first decade of the twenty-first century marked the demise of the current world order. Despite widespread acknowledgement of these disruptive crises, the proposed response from the mainstream remains the same. Against the confines of this increasingly limited politics, a new paradigm has emerged.

Fully Automated Luxury Communism claims that new technologies will liberate us from work, providing the opportunity to build a society … More