What forces are driving the rapid technological developments that shape our world? Well, according to today´s guest, Peter Nowak, it is a very un-holy trinity: the war, porn and fast food industries. In this talk, which was recorded at Gleebooks in Sydney, he brands the internet as ‘military made and porn perfected’ and explains his thesis by looking at how these industries drive technological change.
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