“Alexa, remind me to get milk at the store.” “Alexa, put soccer practice on the calendar.” “Alexa, colonize space.” Staff writer for The Atlantic Franklin Foer joins host Krys Boyd to talk about his research into Amazon and what happens when Big Tech takes on not just the nuts-and-bolts of government but our planet too. His article, “Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan: What the Amazon founder and CEO wants for his empire and himself, and what that means for the rest of us.”
In the monologue, Al talks about the appointment of Pat Pizzella as the acting Secretary of Labor. If you agree that the House should hold hearings on Pizzella’s past, check out Al’s petition here: https://alfranken.com/read/petitionThis week, author and Atlantic Monthly staff writer, Franklin Foer joins me to discuss Big Tech. Are filter bubbles dividing us? Is Facebook deliberately keeping us angry and upset? Is everyone's attention span dwindling? Is Google selling records of all your searches? Is the Big One coming? You know - the day everyone who's ever watched pornography will be revealed to everyone else who's ever watched pornography?
'Atlantic' journalist Franklin Foer says American real estate (including Trump Organization properties) has become a "giant magnet" for Russia's kleptocratic fortunes. Foer also talks about the Mueller investigation and Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, who will be sentenced next month on charges of witness tampering and conspiracy relating to money laundering scheme. His article about Manafort, 'American Hustler,' is nominated for a National Magazine Award.
We go dark in this month’s episode with Franklin Foer - author and writer at The Atlantic. We talk about his fascinating book: “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech”.
As the title hints, it paints a dark picture of an all almighty tech industry. An industry that in Franklin’s view is weakening national security destroying journalism and creates political division across the globe all while turning us into addicts of platforms and devices.
Tune in if you dare;)