How Growth Became The Enemy of Prosperity

Workers lose to automation, investors lose to algorithms, and even tech developers lose their visions to the demands of the startup economy.

According to Douglas Rushkoff's new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, the digital economy has gone wrong, and no one quiet knows how to fix it. The problems lie not with digital technology itself, but in the ways we are deploying it: instead of building a distributed digital economy that new networks could foster, we're doubling down on the industrial age mandate for growth above all.

But it doesn't have to be this way. In the era of big data, robots, and the gig economy, Rushkoff calls for a bridge to the human-technology divide in a way that optimizes the economy for the people it's supposed to serve.


Contributor:

Georgia Bullen is the technology projects director with New America's Open Technology Institute. Bullen provides data visualization, human-centered design, planning and geospatial analytical support to the OTI team and its community partnerships.