How to destroy surveillance capitalism

Cory Doctorow’s new book, published in a whole on OneZero.

What if the trauma of living through real conspiracies all around us — conspiracies among wealthy people, their lobbyists, and lawmakers to bury inconvenient facts and evidence of wrongdoing (these conspiracies are commonly known as “corruption”) — is making people vulnerable to conspiracy theories?

From the book

While published as a blog, it is indeed a whole book. Even medium, the blogging platform, says it’s a 109m read. As all of what Cory Doctorow publishes it’s good food for thought and a worthwhile read.

Writer Michael Bacall (21 Jump Street), director Joe Cornish (The Kid Who Would Be King)
Writer Michael Bacall, Director Joe Cornish

Huge news for Science Fiction Fans. Apparently HBO plans ‘Snow Crash’ series a series based on Neal Stephensons ‘Snow Crash‘(affiliate link). Next to William Gibsons ‘Neuromancer‘, the book has been among the most influential books of the cyberpunk genre.

When the book came out in the early nineties and it described a dystopian, yet near term future. The main character, Hiro Protagonist, starts out delivering Pizza, for a company that promises free delivery should the service not be quick enough.

The book was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award in 1993 and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994. Personally I remember when Michael Abrash mentioned the book as a personal inspiration to leave Microsoft and start something different. Michael Abrash of later ID Software then built something based upon the meta-verse that made up Snow Crash: and the result became Quake, whereas the game itself again inspired an entire generation of computer culture.

Now that HBO plans ‘Snow Crash’ series memories come back, and I’m really forward to a great show.

HBO Max has put in development Snow Crash, a series based on Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi novel, from writer Michael Bacall and director Joe Cornish.


via Nerdcore.

Ben Horowitz, of Andreessen Horowitz (software is eating the world), wrote a new book. It is titled “What you do is who you are.“, and will, following the announcement, discuss corporate cultural standards and how they changed over the years, of course with a particular focus on the tech industry. It’s a hot candidate for this winters reading list.