make sure our technologies, and the community that creates those technologies, become far more humane
Toward Humane Tech
Anil Dash

Yes! This is a crucial task for those who design technology, but also for the rest of us. I’m a professor in the humanities, and I’ve come to see this as my main goal in teaching and research. Technology shapes our world so pervasively, and often invisibly, but culture also shapes technology — as William Gibson wrote, the street finds its uses for things. That means we also need to create a culture and society where people can understand and think about these how technology works so we can choose what kind of a world we want to live in. I am thinking hard this semester about how to design courses that will help our students understand how technology works, think about how it could differently, and ultimately, build a better world. Maybe I’ll ask them to read this.

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