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Cory Doctorow Interview
How did we let this tool of empowerment turn into a tool of disempowerment?
by Cory Doctorow and Ian Tucker
Last tended to October 20, 2020
If you can express yourself well to a computer, it will do exactly as you want
This is empowering
and it is easy to use this empowerment to take away power from others
many people in silicon valley may be asking themselves "how did I let this joyful empowerment turn into a tool of disempowerment?"
Modern society believes in an ethical ledger where your ethical level is judged by tallying up your rights against wrongs
this idea allows for a redemption
e.g. tech monolith CEOs can cancel out their bad by philanthropic good
however, the good and bad you have done coexist
and so the harm cannot be cancelled out
the people you harm are still harmed
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