“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.” — George Orwell, 1984

Shoshana Zuboff’s 2019 book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” is a fantastic, albeit slightly apocalyptic, explanation of how a new economy has sprouted from the digital age. Some of the ideas in this book might be familiar if you watched the 2020 film “The Social Dilemma”, which outlined how social media companies use their massive data collection capabilities to manipulate people, interfere in politics and aid the spread of conspiracy theories.

“Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal…

Unless we are now living in a simulation, our descendants will almost certainly never run an ancestor-simulation. — Nick Bostrom, Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?

I’m sure we’ve all heard some variety of the simulation argument, or we might have at least heard it mentioned on a podcast or in the news.

The modern formulation of the simulation argument comes from the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom, whose 2003 paper “Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?” lays out the argument for why we might be living in a simulation.

There’s no need for me to reiterate the entire…

Linus Carey

A Computer Science student with a passion for technology, philosophy and music.

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