Join us for the exploration of machines and care as commodity. Stick around for the coffee puns.
In this episode, we unpack what the 1982 Project Peacock film The Electric Grandmother has to say about the relationship between computers and care, and how machines may or may not be manipulating us into pretend moments of love. (Then again, sometimes people manipulate us through pretend or unkind emotion, too.)
Are machines that care about you alive? Suppose you believe them to be? Does that matter? What does it mean to be civil to an electric grandmother?
We also start to talk about Starbucks’ day of racial bias training, but put that off for our next episode. Have a peek at their Third Place curriculum and join us for our next episode.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- The Electric Grandmother
- Mary Poppins as a Slasher Film
- Morgan Ames OLPC Project
- Tom Standage – The Victorian Internet
- Sherry Turkle – Alone Together
- Ted Chiang – The Life Cycle of Software Objects
- Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
- Story Lords
- Streets of Fire
- Cobra Kai
- Google Fires Man Who Writes Memo Questioning Women in Tech
- An Apology for the Internet from the People Who Built It
- Mall Maker