Hope in Source

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Summary

How is the state of modern software like losing at Tetris? Stephen Kell joins Henry to chat about Ivan Illich's thought (counter-productivity, radical monopoly, critique of institutions) applied to modern software culture! We talk about the software/hardware arms race, how our default is more is better, tech being all-consuming, the tyranny of updates. (recorded in Dec 2020) Transcript: https://hopeinsource.com/tetris

Show Notes

How is the state of modern software like losing at Tetris? Stephen Kell joins Henry to chat about Ivan Illich's thought (counter-productivity, radical monopoly, critique of institutions) applied to modern software culture! We talk about the software/hardware arms race, how our default is more is better, tech being all-consuming, the tyranny of updates. (recorded in Dec 2020) Transcript: https://hopeinsource.com/tetris.

Stephen: https://twitter.com/stephenrkell
Talk slides: Software against humanity? An Illichian perspective on the industrial era of software
Henry: https://twitter.com/left_pad

Headings:
  • [0:00] The Software/Hardware Arms Race
  • [3:37] Solving a Crisis by Escalation
  • [5:31] The All-consuming Tech Industry
  • [7:06] Counting the Costs
  • [9:37] The Politics of Open Source
  • [13:06] Software Convergence to Pi
  • [14:45] Never Obsolete
  • [16:59] Communicating with Aliens
  • [19:25] The Radical Monopoly of the Recent
  • [21:48] The Tyranny of Updates
  • [24:07] End-user Programming
  • [26:43] Thresholds of Automation
  • [30:33] Software Slogans
  • [33:04] Corruption of Christianity
  • [35:56] Need to Care for One Another
  • [38:50] Monasticism

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What is Hope in Source?

What are the parallels between faith and open source software? Join Nadia Eghbal and Henry Zhu for an off-the-cuff conversation between friends. Check out hopeinsource.com and nadiaeghbal.com/public-faith for the backstory