The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites

The MIT-Epstein debacle shows the prostitution of intellectual activity. Time for a radical agenda: close the Media Lab, disband Ted Talks and refuse tech billionaires money As the world wakes up to the power of big tech, we get to hear belatedly of all the damage wrought by the digital giants. Most of these debates, alas, dont veer too far from the policy-oriented realms of economics or law. Now that the big technocracy wants to quash big tech, expect more such wonkery. What, however, about the ideas that feed big tech? For one, we are no longer in 2009: Mark Zuckerbergs sophomoric musings on transparency or the global village impress very few. And yet, for all the growing skepticism about …

I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics

I stood in a silent auditorium and stared obediently into the eyes of a stranger. His eyes were brown. His nametag said Mark. He had a soul patch so tiny I wondered if he had to tweeze it into shape. Around me, several hundred other people were similarly engrossed in this “experiment in connection.” I snuck a glance to my right, where a woman was beaming at her partner. Another pair were clasping each other’s shoulders like slow-dancing eighth graders, one of them weeping. I looked back at Mark. It was like making eye contact with a harbor seal. “That was 30 seconds,” said the man with the microphone. “Ten minutes to go.” I was at Awakened Futures, a conference …