Stay in the Airplane Notes & Resources

Stay in the Airplane

In this season finale BDJ talks with guests about the shortcomings of AI, the perils of deploying it too early, and what gives them hope for the future of AI.  Guests: Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) Kade Crockford (@onekade) August Cole (@august_cole) Elliott Peper (@eliotpeper) Cindy Cohn Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff) Chris Noessl (@chrisnoessel)

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and special consultant to the Electronic Frontier

Foundation. His works include Radicalized, Walkaway, How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, In Real Life,

Poesy The Monster Slayer, Little Brother, and Attack Surface. His academic titles include MIT Media Lab

Research Affiliate, Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University and Visiting Professor of Practice

at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. In 2020, he was inducted into

the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.



Kade Crockford is the Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the American Civil Liberties Union

(ACLU) of Massachusetts. She works to protect and expand core First and Fourth Amendment rights and civil

liberties in the digital 21st century with emphasis on how surveillance impacts society and especially targeted

minorities. Her writing on issues related to technology, policing, and surveillance has been published in

various media such as The Nation, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, etc.




August Cole is a science-fiction author whose works explore the future of conflict through various forms of

fictional intelligence storytelling. His work has taken him all across the work from speaking at the Nobel

Institute in Oslo, to presenting on the future of warfare at SXSW Interactive to lecturing at West Point. He is

also a non-resident fellow at the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity at Marine Corps University

and a non-resident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.



Eliot Peper is an author who specializes in near-future speculative science fiction. His notable novels include

Veil, Breach, Borderless, Bandwidth, Cumulus, Neon Fever Dream, Exit Strategy, Power Play, and Version

1.0. He is a co-creator of the critically acclaimed Machine Learning President game and of the award-winning

True Blue website. When not working on his next novel, he dons the hat of an independent consultant and

helps build technology companies. He is based out of Oakland, CA.



Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Before taking this role, she

has been the EFF’s Legal Director and its General Counsel. She was named to TheNonProfitTimes 2020 Power

& Influence TOP 50 list, honoring influential persons of 2020. She was named as one of America’s Top 50

Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018. Ms. Cohn is considered one of the experts handling legal issues arising from

the secretive government spying programs work.


Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. Named as

one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his work

explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and

one another. He has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice. He is

also a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at

CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. His recent book is Team

Human, based on his podcast of the same name.



Chris Noessel is the Senior Lead Designer for the Embedded Business Agent AI at IBM. He is the co-author of

Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction and The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th

Edition. As a public speaker, he has given talks all around the world on topics such as interaction design for AI,

interactive narrative, information visualization, the future of technology, and sci-fi interfaces.





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