If you find yourself checking your phone — a lot — or feeling phantom vibrations, there’s a good reason. Big technology companies (Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook to name a few) want your attention. They want to know what you’re thinking about, what you’re doing, and what you’re likely to do next.
Author Franklin Foer came to Seattle at the dawn of the digital age to work for Slate Magazine. He’s back now with some serious warnings about what that age has wrought.
If you’re concerned about your personal freedom and privacy in a time when a small group of companies enjoy vast and growing control over your data and decision making, buckle up for a thought provoking and challenging talk.
Foer is a staff writer at The Atlantic and former editor of The New Republic. His latest book is “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.”
He spoke at The Elliott Bay Book Company on September 27. Sonya Harris recorded the talk.
Listen to the full version below: