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Interviews with technologists and scholars of technology about their new books.

Yanis Varoufakis, "Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism" (Melville House, 2023)

February 26, 2024

Technofeudalism

Yanis Varoufakis
Hosted by Louisa Hann

In Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism (Melville House, 2023), Yanis Varoufakis argues that capitalism is dead and a new economic era has begun. …

What Does It Even Mean for a Machine to Generate?

February 24, 2024

What Does It Even Mean for a Machine to Generate?

Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis, and Duane Searsmith
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to Episode No.8 of All We Mean, a Special Focus of this podcast. All We Mean is an ongoing discussion and debate about how we mean and why. The…

Paul Scharre, "Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" (Norton, 2023)

February 24, 2024

Four Battlegrounds

Paul Scharre
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

An award-winning defense expert tells the story of today’s great power rivalry―the struggle to control artificial intelligence. A new industrial re…

Jacob Ward, "Visions of a Digital Nation: Market and Monopoly in British Telecommunications" (MIT Press, 2024)

February 23, 2024

Visions of a Digital Nation

Jacob Ward

In Visions of a Digital Nation: Market and Monopoly in British Telecommunications (MIT Press, 2024), Jacob Ward explains why the privatization of Brit…

Neil Lee, "Innovation for the Masses: How to Share the Benefits of the High-Tech Economy" (U California Press, 2024)

February 21, 2024

Innovation for the Masses

Neil Lee
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How can we build a more equal economy? In Innovation for the Masses: How to Share the Benefits of the High-Tech Economy (U California Press, 2024), Ne…

Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson, "American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15" (FSG, 2023)

February 20, 2024

American Gun

Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson
Hosted by Chris Holmes

In the 1950s, an obsessive firearms designer named Eugene Stoner invented the AR-15 rifle in a California garage. High-minded and patriotic, Stoner so…

Nate Klemp, "Open: Living with an Expansive Mind in a Distracted World" (Sounds True, 2024)

February 19, 2024

Open

Nate Klemp
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

With the avalanche of information we get every day, closing down our minds and hearts seems to be the only way to survive. We close down to our inner …

Jenna Ng, "The Post-Screen Through Virtual Reality, Holograms and Light Projections: Where Screen Boundaries Lie" (Amsterdam UP, 2021)

February 14, 2024

The Post-Screen Through Virtual Reality, Holograms and Light Projections

Jenna Ng
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Screens are ubiquitous today. Yet contemporary screen media eliminate the presence of the screen and diminish the visibility of its boundaries. As the…

Markus Krajewski, "The Server: A Media History from the Present to the Baroque" (Yale UP, 2018)

February 11, 2024

The Server

Markus Krajewski

The Server: A Media History from the Present to the Baroque (Yale UP, 2018) is a cutting–edge media history on a perennially fascinating topic that at…

Chen-Pang Yeang, "Transforming Noise. A History of Its Science and Technology from Disturbing Sounds to Informational Errors, 1900-1955" (Oxford UP, 2023)

January 30, 2024

Transforming Noise

Chen-Pang Yeang
Hosted by Pamela Fuentes

Today, the concept of noise is employed to characterize random fluctuations in general. Before the twentieth century, however, noise only meant distur…

Paddy Walker and Peter Roberts, "War's Changed Landscape?: A Primer on Conflict's Forms and Norms" (Howgate, 2023)

January 27, 2024

War's Changed Landscape?

Paddy Walker and Peter Roberts

Throughout much of the 21st century thus far, the common argument among military pundits was that war has or will soon be radically changed in manners…

Hartmut Koenitz, "Understanding Interactive Digital Narrative: Immersive Expressions for a Complex Time" (Routledge, 2023)

January 19, 2024

Understanding Interactive Digital Narrative

Hartmut Koenitz

This remarkably clearly written and timely critical evaluation of core issues in the study and application of interactive digital narrative (IDN) unta…

What Decision Means

January 19, 2024

What Decision Means

Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis, and Gang Wang
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to Episode No.5 of All We Mean, a Special Focus of this podcast. All We Mean is an ongoing discussion and debate about how we mean and why. The…

Paul Gowder, "The Networked Leviathan: For Democratic Platforms" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 17, 2024

The Networked Leviathan

Paul Gowder
Hosted by Nathan Moore

Governments and consumers expect internet platform companies to regulate their users to prevent fraud, stop misinformation, and avoid violence. Yet, s…

James C. Goodall, "Nautilus to Columbia: 70 Years of the US Navy's Nuclear Submarines" (Osprey, 2023)

January 16, 2024

Nautilus to Columbia

James C. Goodall
Hosted by Boris Karpa

In Nautilus to Columbia: 70 Years of the US Navy's Nuclear Submarines (Osprey, 2023), James C. Goodall covers the origins, design and development of t…

Can A.I. Mean?

January 13, 2024

Can A.I. Mean?

Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to Episode No.4 of All We Mean, a Special Focus of this podcast. All We Mean is an ongoing discussion and debate about how we mean and why. The…

Roland Allen, "The Notebook: A History of Thinking on Paper" (Profile Books, 2023)

January 6, 2024

The Notebook

Roland Allen
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

We see notebooks everywhere we go. But where did this simple invention come from? How did they revolutionise our lives, and why are they such powerful…

Carolyn Birdsall, "Radiophilia" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

December 31, 2023

Radiophilia

Carolyn Birdsall

A century ago, the emergence of radio, along with organized systems of broadcasting, sparked a global fascination with the 'wonder' of sound transmiss…

Ben Jacobsen and David Beer, "Social Media and the Automatic Production of Memory: Classification, Ranking and the Sorting of the Past" (Bristol UP, 2023)

December 24, 2023

Social Media and the Automatic Production of Memory

Ben Jacobsen and David Beer
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Social media platforms hold vast amounts of biographical data about our lives. They repackage our past content as ‘memories’ and deliver them back to …

André Jansson, "Rethinking Communication Geographies: Geomedia, Digital Logistics and the Human Condition" (Edward Elgar, 2022)

December 23, 2023

Rethinking Communication Geographies

André Jansson
Hosted by Joanne Kuai

How are geographies of communication changing with contemporary digital media and data infrastructure? What is ‘geomedia’ and ‘transmedia’? Where are …