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Greg M. Epstein is the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT, and the author of The New York Times bestselling book “Good Without God.” Described as a “godfather to the[ humanist] movement” by The New York Times Magazine in recognition of his efforts to build inclusive, spurring and ethical parishes for the nonreligious and allies, Greg was also named “one of the top sect and moral governors in the United States” by Faithful Internet, a project of the United Church of Christ and the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society.
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In Part 1 of my communication with Ben Tarnoff, co-founder of conducting tech ethics brochure Logic, we considered the history and logic of 19 th century Luddites and how which are relevant to what he described in his editorial for The Guardian as today’s over-computerized world.
I’ve casually announced myself a Luddite when uttering general frustration with social media or internet culture, but as it turns out, you can’t intelligently discuss what most people think of as an anti-technology movement without savvy the role of technology in capitalism, and vice versa.
At the end of Part 1, I was badgering Tarnoff to ruminate on which technologies ought to be preserved even in a Luddite world, and which ones ought to go the method of the mills the original Luddites destroyed. Arguing for a more nuanced coming to the topic, Tarnoff offered physical disabilities claims change as an example of the approaching he hopes will be taken by an surfacing class of tech socialists.
TechCrunch: The Americans with Disability Act has been a very powerful body of legislation that has basically made us to use our technological might to create physical infrastructure, including elevators, bus, vans, the day-to-day machinery of our lives that allow people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to go places, do things, ascertain things, ordeal things, to do so. And you’re saying one of the things that we could look at is more technology for that sort of thing, right?
Because I ponder a lot about how in this society, every single one of us treads around with the danger that,” there but for the grace of my health tour I .” At a few moments I could be injured, I could get sick, I could acquire a disability that’s going to limit my participation in society.
Ben Tarnoff: One of the mottoes of the disability freedoms move is,” anything about us without us ,” which perfectly encapsulates a more democratic approach to technology. What they’re saying is that if you’re an designer, if you’re an city planner, if you’re a storekeeper, whatever it is, you’re making motif decisions that have the potential to seriously negatively influence a substantial portion of the population. In substantial routes[ you could] inhibit their democratic claims. Their access to space.
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