Will political debates of the future look more or less like they do today, only carried out via new technologies? Or will rapid innovation in technologies from artificial intelligence to virtual reality—and their consolidated control by big tech and the state—transform our politics in fundamental ways that we have not even begun to fathom?
In his new book Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Jamie Susskind makes the latter case. Drawing on examples that include China’s social credit system, Russian electoral meddling on social media, and even the pathologies of AirBnB ratings systems, Susskind illuminates the brave new world of politics in the digital age—and discusses how we can be masters of technology rather than slaves to it.
Tune in this week as Jamie joins Richard Aldous to discuss the book. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, where you can leave a review, and follow @aminterest and @jamiesusskind on Twitter.