Oct 4, 2020 • 21M

New World Same Humans #37 – Audio Version

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David Mattin
New World Same Humans is a weekly newsletter on trends, technology and our shared future by David Mattin. Born in 2020, the NWSH community has grown to include 22,000+ technologists, marketers, designers, founders, policy-makers and more. Subscribe to this podcast version of the newsletter, and you'll receive a weekly dose of news and super-fast analysis that unpacks the trends, forces, people and ideas that will shape the decades ahead. Want to cut through the metaverse hype? Understand the latest research on climate? This is the place for you! In addition, you'll get occasional longform essays and deep dives. And interview episodes, featuring key figures helping to shape our shared future, is coming. Join us! And go to newworldsamehumans.com to sign up for the full New World Same Humans experience, including membership of our Slack community.
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Welcome to the podcast version of New World Same Humans, a weekly newsletter on trends, technology, and society by David Mattin.

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Jeff Bezos wants you to buy a little camera drone that will fly around your house. He promises not to spy on the footage. Okay?

Amazon hosted an online event last week, in which it launched a remarkable new range of services. That event got me thinking about a seeming paradox at the heart of our lives in 2020.

We say we care about privacy. We say we’re concerned about the incursions that Big Tech companies, including Amazon, are making into our lives. And yet we continue to engage with those companies as enthusiastically as ever.

It’s a puzzle that demands an explanation. And I think we can make one, via two key 20th-century ideas about the nature of freedom and our search for the Good Life.

That’s all you need to know to begin this essay, which is called The Tyranny of Convenience.

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1. Last week Amazon launched the Always Home Cam, an mini-drone that will fly around your house collecting footage.

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David Mattin sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.