This is the fourth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast. In this episode I interview Evan Selinger. Evan is a Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute for Technology. He is widely-published scholar in the ethics and law of technology. He is currently working on a book with Brett Frischmann entitled Being Human in the 21st Century which is due out with Cambridge University Press in 2017. In this interview we talk about two main topics: (i) the ethics of technological outsourcing and (ii) the value of privacy and the nature of obscurity.
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0:00 - 1:25 - Introduction to Evan
1:25 - 8:50 - What is algorithmic outsourcing? The fundamental structure of outsourcing
8:50 - 14:50 - Technological and non-technological examples of outsourcing
14:50 - 18:50 - Cognitive vs Affective Outsourcing
18:50 - 28:00 - Outsourcing interpersonal communications
28:00 - 32:20 - Objections to the outsourcing of interpersonal communications
32:20 - 41:00 - Is this a problem with technology or something technology encourages?
41:00 - 45:50 - What is privacy?
45.50 - 53:45 - What is obscurity? How does it relate to privacy?
53:45 - 1:02:20 - Is obscurity under threat?
1:02:20 - End - Isn't privacy dead? Shouldn't we embrace total transparency?
- 'The Outsourced Lover' by Evan Selinger, The Atlantic
- 'Today's Apps are Turning us Into Psychopaths' by Evan Selinger, Wired
- 'Outsourcing your Mind and Intelligence to Computer/Phone Apps' by Evan Selinger, IEET.
- 'Don't Outsource Your Dating Life' by Evan Selinger, CNN
- Allo - Google Messaging App
- 'Surveillance as Loss of Obscurity' by Hartzog and Selinger
- 'Obscurity and Privacy' by Hartzog and Selinger
- Crystal - app for determining psychological profiles
- 'Philosopher Michael Lynch Says Privacy Violations are an Affront to Human Dignity' by Evan Selinger