Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It
The all-seeing Amazon, Google, and Facebook have every incentive to help the national security state undermine privacy, free speech and democracy. We’ve read this book before.
Technology has finally caught up with science fiction. Your TV can watch you, as in 1984, and you can talk to your earbuds just like Montag’s wife in Fahrenheit 451. But will the government team up with tech companies to control every aspect of your life the way it did in those novels? If it does, what would that look like? In this Wired article, writer David Samuels explores the recent, potentially dystopian moves of technology companies and governments. He then examines these developments through the lens of philosophy and science fiction.
About the Author
David Samuels’ work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired and N=1 among others. He has worked as a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, and a literary editor at Tablet.