Franklin Foer: "World without mind" - Sydney

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW 2015

We all know that today’s tech giants have transformed the world of knowledge and information, but Franklin Foer argues that this transformation has gone so far that it endangers our ability to think. We love our tech toys, tools and networks but what are we sacrificing for their daily convenience? As the big four – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon – get bigger, they consume more and more of our attention. Privacy, contemplation and autonomous thought are just some of the casualties. Are we, as Foer suggests, on our way to a world without mind?

In this eye-opening talk, Foer takes a hard look at how the monolithic big tech companies – Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google – are hurting liberal values and privacy rights, putting our social, political, and intellectual lives at risk. Does Silicon Valley wield unhealthy influence over the journalistic profession and what does this mean for a robust democracy? Join national correspondent for The Atlantic and former editor of The New Republic, Franklin Foer as he discusses the existential threat of big tech.

As a special offer MEAA members can get 2 tickets for the price of 1 using the offer code: “MoreIdeas”