Jaron Lanier: How we need to remake the internet | TED Talk

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  1. Jaron Lanier: How we need to remake the internet | TED Talk

    In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli. (Sound familiar?) In this visionary talk, Lanier reflects on a "globally tragic, astoundingly ridiculous mistake" companies like Google and Facebook made at the foundation of digital culture — and how we can undo it. "We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them," he says.


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  2. James Bridle: The nightmare videos of children’s YouTube — and what’s wrong with the internet today | TED Talk

    Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From "surprise egg" reveals and the "Finger Family Song" to algorithmically created mashups of familiar cartoon characters in violent situations, these videos exploit and terrify young minds — and they tell us something about where our increasingly data-driven world is headed. "We need to stop thinking about technology as a solution to all of our problems, but think of it as a guide to what those problems actually are, so we can start thinking about them properly and start to address them," Bridle says.


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  3. Mark Pesce on social media | State Library of Victoria

    Mark Pesce talks about the explosion of communication opportunities that social media has created.

    He explores the power of the social media platform and how we can use it to amplify our creative and connective capabilities.

    Mark is a futurist, inventor, writer, teacher and co-inventor of Virtual Reality Modelling Language. He is also the author of five books and many papers on the future of technology.


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  4. Psychology@LSE – Podcast: The relationship between virtual experiences and social behaviour

    The relationship between virtual experiences and social behaviour has long held the fascination of researchers of social science, with studies exploring extensively its negative (e.g. aggression) and positive (e.g. learning) effects. With the development of the Oculus Rift and mobile technologies such as the Samsung Gear VR, the infrastructure for virtual experiences is becoming increasingly accessible in our daily social life and continues to pose important questions about how technology will mediate, and even change, our interactions in the future.

    Denise Baron hosts a discussion with Dr Simon Evans, Dr Morgan Tear and PhD candidate Brett Heasman, to explore the questions that virtual reality presents about our future understanding of psychology. Key topics include how virtual experiences affect and inform understanding of the Self, prosocial behaviour, and social skills in people with autism.


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  5. Episode 30: Social media must die! — our opinions are correct

    Social media has become one of the biggest problems of our time. How does science fiction deal with the rise of social networks—-and how is this different from the way the real-life news media talks about it? And what does the future look like after social media dies?

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  6. Podcast #276: Utopia is Creepy

    Why the ideology that Silicon Valley is promoting and selling is bad for human flourishing
    How the frictionless ideal of tech companies isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
    Why is the idea of utopia so creepy?
    Why don’t tech companies see that what they’re doing can be perceived as creepy?
    The illusion of freedom and autonomy on the internet
    What “digital sharecropping” is and why it exploits content creators
    The myth of participation and the pleasures of being an audience member
    Information gathering vs developing knowledge
    Why Nicholas doesn’t use social media
    The real danger that AI present humanity (and it’s not necessarily the singularity)
    Is virtual reality going to catch on? Does it present any problems for society?
    How can we opt out of the ideology that Silicon Valley is trying to sell?
    How to ask questions of our technology


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  7. Matt Locke - Television and New Media

    The variety of new methods for self expression on the internet have led to an overlap between public and private communication and six new kinds of communication spaces have emerged. These are not along a spectrum but rather have different roles and rules governing behavior. When designing a new media service, the important thing is not which medium (TV, internet, etc) it is on. The important thing is to make the architecture of your service match the kind of social space the users expect.

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