What mistakes do Techno Utopians make?
Boston bound? Speak your brains at our Andrew
Votes, Bits Bytes Thanks to the good people at the Berkman Center at Harvard University, our very own Andrew Orlowski will be appearing in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a panel of his own choosing tomorrow.
A tad predictably, he's chosen "Mistakes Techno Utopians Make" and he'll be joined by think tank researcher William Davies of the IPPR, over from London, and Ted Byfield, co-founder of the nettime mailing list. Davies wrote the essay wondering why the "social" dimension had disappeared from so much net discourse, to be replaced by group theory with its own, spooky "laws".
He promises that discussion will get round to whacky ideas of knowledge, information, and the fondness for dodgy biological metaphors that make so many clever people sound like Chance the Gardener from Being There. There's a longer description here
It's a 9am start, but entry is free, and there's lots of opportunity to talk back. If you can't make it, but need to get something of your chest, email the boy at the usual address. Let good sense prevail. ®