Authors@MIT | Ramesh Srinivasan: Beyond the Valley

When:
November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
2019-11-01T18:00:00-04:00
2019-11-01T19:00:00-04:00
Where:
The MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Cost:
$0 – $23.96
Contact:
MIT Press Bookstore
6172535249

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Ramesh Srinivasan to discuss his book, Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow.

In this provocative book, Srinivasan describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities. We may love the immediacy of Google search results, the convenience of buying from Amazon, and the elegance and power of our Apple devices, but it’s a one-way, top-down process. We’re not asked for our input, or our opinions—only for our data. The internet is brought to us by wealthy technologists in Silicon Valley and China. It’s time, Srinivasan argues, that we think in terms beyond the Valley.

 

Ramesh Srinivasan is Professor of Information Studies and Design Media Arts at UCLA. He makes regular appearances on NPR, The Young Turks, MSNBC, and Public Radio International, and his writings have been published in the Washington PostQuartzHuffington Post, CNN, and elsewhere.

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