A man works in the quantum computing lab at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (AP file photo)
This blog post was originally published January 18, 2019.
There has been a continuous problem, dating back to founding of the United States, according to , a professor of American history at Harvard University.
Lepore, the author of “,” says Americans have had tremendous faith in the notion that technological innovations could heal our divisions and fix political problems. But that faith has frequently been misplaced or misguided. And ethical conversations around how to keep newspapers, radio, TV and other technologies in check, often come too late.
- The framers of the Constitution thought of the document itself as a machine, one designed for ultimate political performance, according to Lepore.
- Throughout U.S. history, there have been high hopes that technology will heal our divisions. The abolitionist Frederick Douglass, for example, believed that photography would allow citizens across the country to see the humanity of black people. Photography, though, wasn’t the game changer Douglass had hoped it would be.
- Lepore says that many of those who helped commercialize the internet were libertarians, and the structure of our online world reflects that.
- Back in 1968, a book called “ ” speculated about and the world we now all live in.
- was to the modern-day internet and it was funded by the government.
- Listen to that took place in the 1930s, and were intended to promote democracy.
- Jill Lepore’s op-ed for the New York Times: “ .”
- “ ,” by Fred Turner, documents the early entrepreneurs who shaped the internet.