I attend a lot of meetings / forums / CLEs / webinars / online meetings / etc. on tech topics, and there are always always technical difficulties. Streams, sound, projectors... it is always something.

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Real tired of everyone always talking breathlessly about machine learning and UX and innovative tech for good, while all that basic stuff like projectors and printers and screen-sharing are all still SO BROKEN.

We either need to make printers work better, OR we need to stop talking about new technology CHANGING THE WORLD when we have no reason to believe it'll even still be working in five years.

@makingarecord Yeah but that's not of interest to capital. You and I have an interest in making technology permeable for humanity. After all, a few decades of cyberpunk fiction has taught us to ask critical philosophical questions about the role between humanity and technology and juxtapose the answers we would give versus the ones those with power and capital give. Corporations aim to make as much capital as possible in each quarter, so will always prioritize creating something new to consume over fixing the existing broken consumables. The new thing will be broken too, but shiny enough no one will notice for a while. By the time we call for action, there's a new shiny.

Without a focus of human permeability of technology (i.e. technology in service to humanity, not technology as a consumable or commodity in service to capital power), new technology cannot solve any problems, only create more problems and more wealth for the wealthy, more power for the powerful.

Collectivising and unionizing against capital is what we dissenters should be doing to aggregate our power and fight back.

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