We’ve all seen those “heartwarming” stories about kids with cancer selling lemonade to pay for their chemo, or janitors being gifted a car because they’ve walked ten miles to work every day for twenty years, or all the other sugar-coated dystopian failures of our capitalist system. In this episode, we’re going to talk about that.Continue reading “How Feel Good Stories Let A Broken System Off The Hook – Second Thought”
A UN committee on weapons is meeting this week to regulate the development of “killer robots”. But some world powers oppose any strict limit or ban on such weapons.
Non-binding resolution also asks for AI-based predictive policing ban. The European Parliament today called for a ban on police use of facial recognition technology in public places, and on predictive policing, a controversial practice that involves using AI tools in hopes of profiling potential criminals before a crime is even committed. In a resolution adopted overwhelmingly inContinue reading “European Parliament calls for a ban on facial recognition”
We all love a good dystopian movie, but at what point do we have to start considering real life dystopian? In this episode, we’re taking a look at some troubling trends in the US, and by extension the rest of the world.
Jon Taffer: “A lot of the shift is that they’re moving the quality of life to today before they have earned it, rather than after they have earned it” JON TAFFER (GUEST): And it is a massive change in attitude, Laura. They are trying to balance, and this is their words, not mine. They are trying to balance “quality of lifeContinue reading “Fox News guest says poor people are like dogs that need to be starved to be kept obedient”
This week, John is teaching you about the near-future dystopia in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Parable of the Sower tells the story of Lauren Oya Olamina, and her life growing up in a post-climate change, semi-lawless America. It’s not great. The book reads as a dystopia, as a bildungsroman, and as a sacredContinue reading “The Parable of the Sower: Crash Course Literature 406”
This week, John Green continues to teach you about Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale. In this installment, we’re looking at Atwood’s desire to tell a story from a female point of view, and what exactly it means to tell a story in that way, and if in fact there is an inherently maleContinue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 404”
In which John Green teaches you about Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. John looks at some of the themes in this classic dystopian novel, many of which are kind of a downer. The world of Gilead that Atwood created looks at a lot of the issues that we deal with today, andContinue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 403”
In which John Green returns for a dystopian new season of Crash Course Literature! We’re starting with George Orwell’s classic look at the totalitarian state that could be in post-war England. Winston Smith is under the eye of Big Brother, and making us think about surveillance, the role of government, and how language can playContinue reading “1984 by George Orwell, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 401”