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Today: Eliot Brown, author, "The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion"
• The Cult of We on Indiebound and the official book website
• @eliotwb (Twitter)
• Eliot's bio
• Eliot's WSJ articles
• The We That Didn’t Work at WeWork (by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell, July 17, 2021)
• From the Washington Post profile of Philip Agre (Aug 12, 2021):
Agre earned his doctorate at MIT in 1989, the same year the World Wide Web was invented. At that time, even among Silicon Valley venture capitalists betting on the rise of computers, few people foresaw just how deeply and quickly the computerization of everything would change life, economics or even politics.
A small group of academics, Agre included, observed that computer scientists viewed their work in a vacuum largely disconnected from the world around it. At the same time, people outside that world lacked a deep enough understanding of technology or how it was about to change their lives. By the early 1990s, Agre came to believe the field of artificial intelligence had gone astray, and that a lack of criticism of the profession was one of the main reasons.
... In 2009, he simply dropped off the face of the earth, abandoning his position at UCLA. When friends reported Agre missing, police located him and confirmed that he was okay, but Agre never returned to the public debate.
|Artist||Track||Album||Images||Approx. start time|
|The WeWork fiasco - with Eliot Brown, co-author, "The Cult of We"|
|Tomaš Dvořák||Game Boy Tune|
|Interview with Eliot Brown||0:03:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|
|Mark's comments||0:46:38 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|
|Negativland||Don't Don't Get Freaked Out||The World Will Decide||0:56:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|