Wednesday, November 11 at 2:00 pm
RESET: CBC MASSEY LECTURE # 1 - Look At That Device In Your Hand
"Look at that device in your hand. No, really, take a good, long look at it," asks renowned tech expert Ron Deibert. "You carry it around with you everywhere. You sleep with it, work with it, run with it, you play games on it. You depend on it, and panic when you can't find it. It links you to your relatives and kids. You take photos and videos with it, and share them with friends and family. It alerts you to public emergencies, and reminds you of hair appointments."
There's a problem with 'that device', says Deibert — but you know this already. There's also an answer — we need a 'reset' and in the first of the 2020 Massey lectures, Deibert sketches out the problem — and the solution:
"A reset gives us a rare opportunity to imagine an alternative, and begin the process of actually bringing it about. To be sure, it won't be easy, nor will it happen overnight. But fatalistic resignation to the status quo is no real alternative either."