Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (and the movie!)
We put dinosaurs mostly in the background and talk about what Crichton really wanted to discuss: the science/industrial complex, the limits of science to interpret or re-create nature, the limits of discovery, and disciplinary power.
Things mentioned on the show
- People trying to recreate mammoths in Siberia to fix … climate change?
- The world’s fastest supercomputer being used for climate simulations, among other things
- The wild tale of Anthony Levandoski’s self-driving cars corporate espionage
- Self-driving cars as a zero-sum game
We also mentioned the famous “you didn’t stop to consider whether you should…” quote in 6.11: Very Thoughtful Ethics Dogs.
Note that we’ve ended up changing plans since we recorded our Kurzweil episodes! We originally planned to read Simone Browne’s Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, but decided to talk about our “background” reading so far!
- June: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, Elizabeth Eisenstein
- July: Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, Simone Brown
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