Team Human: Calming Technology

What is a robot? Are robots our friends? Does the term “friend” even apply? So begins this week’s episode of Douglas Rushkoff’s Team Human with cyborg anthropologist Amber Case. Amber and Douglas look at how algorithmically programmed systems of automation and control might just be turning us into the robots. Case’s recent book, Calm Technology […]   read more »

Team Human: “There’s No App For That”

Joining Douglas Rushkoff today over on the Team Human podcast is Post Carbon Institute fellow Richard Heinberg. Richard is the co-author of Our Renewable Future and most recently, the manifesto, There’s No App For That. On the show Richard and Douglas challenge the idea that technological “progress” is a panacea for solving systems-level crises like […]   read more »

Team Human: You Shall Be As Gods…

Team Human, Ep. 56 Professor Steve Fuller: “You Shall Be As Gods: Transhumanism, Posthumanism, and everything human in between.” On today’s episode of Team Human, Douglas is joined by Professor Steve Fuller. Fuller teaches Sociology at the University of Warwick. In his recent book, Humanity 2.0, Fuller embraces a future vision in which technological and […]   read more »

Team Human: Folding the Fringes

For this week’s Team Human, Douglas is out on the road in Austin, Texas where he caught up with longtime friend and cyberculture pioneer, Jon Lebkowsky. Jon and Douglas first look back on the promise of the early cyber revolution, and then look forward to the ways in which those quirky fringe elements might be folded […]   read more »

Team Human: Blissfully Bored

When was the last time you found yourself truly bored? Have you lost those nooks and crannies in the day when you used to let your mind wander aimlessly in a daydream? On today’s episode of Team Human, Douglas is joined by Manoush Zomorodi, host of the popular WNYC Studios podcast, Note to Self.  On Note […]   read more »

Team Human: Panel Discussion at IBM Watson

This week on the Team Human podcast we’re hosting a special episode and exclusive video. Episode 53 features an excerpt of a panel discussion recorded on location at IBM Watson in New York from August 2015, hosted by Douglas Rushkoff and produced by our friends at Virtual Futures in London. Douglas was joined by philosopher-sociologist […]   read more »

Team Human: Recalibrating For Trust

Consider a text message in which you are deciding where to meet for dinner with a friend. As you go back and forth in that stream of abbreviated communication, you suggest, “Let’s eat Italian,” to which your friend responds “Fine.” The one-word text sends you into a state of alarm. Did they mean “fine” as […]   read more »

Team Human: Make It So: Civic Hall Labs

Elizabeth Stewart, founding executive director of Civic Hall Labs, empowers technologists who put people first, amplifying the “civic” of civic tech. On today’s Team Human podcast, Stewart joins Douglas Rushkoff for a conversation about technology innovations whose value is measured in their contribution to the public good. It’s a type of thinking that asserts the means of tech […]   read more »

Team Human: The Tiny Magic of CyberFeminism

On this week’s Team Human podcast, Rushkoff talks with author, professor, filmmaker, and feminist activist Alexandra Juhasz. Douglas and Alexandra explore the dangers of a media landscape that amplifies the grotesque and sensational. They also look at how human agency and autonomy are threatened on our hypercommercialized media platforms. Drawing on her commitment to feminist […]   read more »

Team Human: Surrendering to the vast, the novel, the ambiguous

On this week’s episode of Team Human, Douglas is joined by Pixar animator Michael Frederickson for a conversation about the power of awe. What role does awe play in human evolution? And what distinguishes awe from spectacle–or terror even? Frederickson shares his insights as an artist and storyteller on the deeply human experience of “having […]   read more »