Evan Selinger (RIT) and Brett M. Frischmann (Villanova): 21st Century Techno-Social Engineering. What 2018 looked like fifty years ago: A book of technology predictions makes distressing reading at the end of a year that, a golden anniversary ago, looked positively thrilling. A 1970s essay predicted Silicon Valley’s high-minded tyranny. John Naughton reviews The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (and more). Big Tech loves disruption, when they’re doing the disruption. Why do we keep praising Silicon Valley for reinventing the wheel? Kashmir Hill on life without the tech giants. The age of tech is over.

Sundar Pichai of Google: “Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems”. The big-data makeover of humanity could be a recipe for disaster: Steve Paulson interviews Yuval Noah Harari, author of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari thinks Silicon Valley is an engine of dystopian ruin — so why do the digital elite adore him so?


Priya S. Gupta (Southwestern): New York’s Bid for Amazon HQ2. Middle-class shame will decide where America is headed. Sen. Warren’s plan to tax the ultrawealthy is a smart idea whose time has come (and more and more). AOC thinks concentrated wealth is incompatible with democracy — so did our founders. Want to pass Medicare for All? Fix American democracy first. Medicare For All looks good in new poll, but there’s a big asterisk. The strike isn’t just for wages anymore — it’s for “the common good” (and more). Mitch McConnell got everything he wanted — but at what cost? A commons problem: Public resources won’t be adequately protected by those with private interests.

Intellectual humility: Brian Resnick on why it’s so hard to see our own ignorance, and what to do about it. Aviation unions release dire warning that system could collapse at any time (and more). It’s not a shutdown, it’s a lockout and a shakedown of federal workers (and more). America is facing a government workforce crisis far bigger than the shutdown — and it’s putting the nation in danger. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen on the consequences of the shutdown nobody is talking about (and more and more). Everything we know about BuzzFeed’s Michael Cohen scoop, and why Mueller shot it down. From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a new abnormal: It is still 2 minutes to midnight.

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