New World Same Humans #60 – Audio Version

Is more technology really the answer to the climate crisis?


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This week, I go deep on an intriguing experiment that never was. And what it tells us about the relationship between technology, climate change, and politics in the 2020s.

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1. A few days ago a solar bioengineering experiment due to take place at Kiruna, northern Sweden, was cancelled.

2. The phrase technological solutionism was coined by the technology thinker Evgeny Morozov.

3. Lonely old people? Give them a robot.

4. Pandemic has caused a mental health crisis? Here’s an AI-fuelled counsellor.


6. LSE academic Jason Hickel other degrowthers argue that, on our current path, it’s near impossible to transition away from fossil fuels fast enough to avoid catastrophic warming.

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David Mattin is the founder of the Strategy and Futures Research Unit. He sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.