Ep. 45 Walter Kirn Pt. 1 "Training Our Replacements"
Playing for Team Human today, author and social critic Walter Kirn. Walter and Douglas engage in a two-part conversation that questions the so-called “evolution” of technology. Just how much of our humanity are we willing to surrender to our devices? Why do we deem our own replacement by computer programs to be the inevitable path of progress? And whose progress are we actually talking about?
We’ve broken this conversation into two parts. Tune in next week for Part 2. Visit walterkirn.com to learn more about his work including his latest book, Blood Will Out. Check out Kirn’s most recent column in Harper's. Douglas begins the conversation citing this recent interview with Kirn in Playboy.
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Music in today's show: Mike Watt: beak-holding-letter-man , Joshua Sitron and the Team Human Band play Growth Trap, and Fugazi : Foreman's Dog
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