Douglas Rushkoff

How to stay human in the digital age

21 September 2019

Location: TivoliVredenburg

In Team Human (2019) American media critic Douglas Rushkoff exposes in 100 aphoristic statements how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression. How do we keep our humanity in a world full of social media, algorithms and robots?

Once we believed technology, free trade and the internet would free us and bring us together. Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. In Team Human Rushkoff exposes the dynamics of this antihuman machinery, where social media are constantly influencing our political views and preferences, algorithms control our attention and robots slowly take over our jobs.

But it’s not too late! Rushkoff calls on us to join Team Human. Through biology, psychology and human evolution Rushkoff shows that by uniting and working together we can control the forces of technology and build a better connected world.

About Douglas Rushkoff
Douglas Rushkoff is an author, documentarian and media theorist. He wrote bestsellers like Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Present Shockand Program or Be Programmed. Rushkoff earned his PhD in 2012 at the faculty of New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University and is an often seen guest on television programmes like VPRO Tegenlicht.

Martijn de Waal, Professor of Play & Civic Media at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), will interview Douglas Rushkoff and guide the Q&A after after his presentation.

This programme is realised in cooperation with TivoliVredenburg, the Centre for the Humanitiesand the Urban Interfaces Research Group (both affiliated with Utrecht University).

What: How to stay human in the digital age, a lecture by Douglas Rushkoff on his new book Team Human
When: 21 September 20:00
Where: TivoliVredenburg, Hertz
Tickets: €12,50 via TivoliVredenburg


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