Makers or Slaves?
How do our views around technology, leisure, and work, determine our present and future?
How do our views around technology, leisure and work determine our present and future? Can we use technology to usher a new Hellenism like Wilde suggested? The talk embedded below, which I originally recorded for BIL Davos 2017 and a different version of it in Greek for the first Maker Faire in Athens (Oct. 1st 2016) also found further below, mixes data about the effects of technology and automation on work and society with insights and observations from the philosophy and languages of classical antiquity (ancient Greek and Latin) to ask us to reflect on the status and meaning of being a citizen and a maker and whether we’d like emerging technologies to be used to enrich the few or liberate the many.
The Greek version of the talk can be found below. It is adapted for a Greek audience and is shorter owing to the requirements of the event:
Though I doubt some outdated socialism would be the method that would takes us there, the goal Wilde alludes to, in the last paragraph of his famous essay and some of his observations and arguments throughout the essay are still appealing.