Douglas Rushkoff – Team Human

Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age.

He is the author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and society and in 2013 was named ONE of the world’s TEN, most influential intellectuals by MIT.

Today he serves as Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY in Queens where he recently founded the Laboratory for Digital Humanism and currently hosts the TeamHuman podcast.

00:00 Trailer.
02:12 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:12 Brian’s introduction.
06:06 The pre-internet psychedelic days of late ‘80s, early ‘90s London.
11:30 Social media causing public’s panic and confusion.
13:02 How social media companies use your data to change your behaviour and make you addictive.
20:52 What Douglas thought the internet would be and when he realised it would not and why.
27:48 Facebook and similar companies’ need to grow and make a profit causing dehumanisation.
34:00 Human attention is the only thing that is scarce, but it’s the only thing we have, it’s our time.
35:00 Douglas’ argument with how Uber operates.
38:31 Capital is king, with no thought given to land and labour issues.
47:06 Google is a holding company and no longer innovative.
50:44 Humans will be and should be replaced by computers: the motivator for starting Team Human.
54:39 Douglas’ prediction for the future.
59:10 Perhaps AI is just a ruse.
1:00:24 The concept of present shock and how we all experience it.
1:03:35 Steps we can all take to combat being in present shock.
1:07:42 Moon cycle effect on humans.
1:09:39 Know that every app you put onto your phone will demand your time and violate your privacy.
1:17:33 Douglas’ view on whether plants will ultimately help us in the war with artificial intelligence
1:25:39 The role of psychedelics in our humanism.
1:28:07 Artificial intelligence (AI) what it could be, but what we should be worried about.
1:36:36 Modern terrorism is a hack of our media system.
1:41:38 What Douglas sees in Donald Trump and his optimism for the next four years.
1:50:48 The art of storytelling.
1:58:09 Douglas looks into how London Real could develop in their mission.
2:02:04 Success secrets.
2:04:43 Choice of becoming rich doing a job you don’t like or being alive doing something beneficial.
2:09:39 Looking at The New York Times’ objectivity.
2:12:49 Who Douglas thinks of as successful,
2:13:58 Darkest moment of Douglas’ life.
2:16:26 Best day of his life.
2:17:53 His time in the theatre and a possible return.
2:21:41 What keeps Douglas awake at night.
2:23:17 What scares him.
2:24:06 What we would be surprised to learn about Douglas.
2:25:07 A phone call to the 20 year old Douglas.
2:27:08 Best advice ever received.
2:28:10 Advice to the 20 year old listening who wants to grow up with the insight of Douglas.
2:30:02 Brian’s summing up.

Douglas Rushkoff links:
Douglas Rushkoff website
http://www.rushkoff.com/
Douglas Rushkoff on Twitter
https://twitter.com/rushkoff
Douglas Rushkoff on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/rushkoff/
Team Human
http://teamhuman.fm/
The Persuaders
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/persuaders/
Generation Like
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/generation-like/
Merchants of Cool
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/view/
Douglas Rushkoff on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff Books:
Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Throwing-Rocks-Google-Bus-Prosperity/dp/1617230170
Program or Be Programmed
https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Program-Be-Programmed-Ten-Commands-Digital-Age/1480512990
Present Shock
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Present-Shock-When-Everything-Happens/dp/1617230103/ref=la_B000AP9QLE_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501687849&sr=1-6
Aleister & Adolf
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aleister-Adolf-Douglas-Rushkoff/dp/1506701043/ref=la_B000AP9QLE_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501687849&sr=1-2
Life Inc.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Inc-World-Became-Corporation-ebook/dp/B004QO9ZRA/ref=la_B000AP9QLE_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501687849&sr=1-3
Cyberia
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cyberia-Trenches-Hyperspace-Douglas-Rushkoff/dp/006251010X/ref=la_B000AP9QLE_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501687849&sr=1-4
Get Back in the Box
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Back-Box-Being-Business/dp/0060758708/ref=la_B000AP9QLE_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501687849&sr=1-5
All books by Douglas Rushkoff
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Douglas-Rushkoff/e/B000AP9QLE

Topics discussed:
Queens College, Cuny
http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Pages/home.aspx
MIT
http://web.mit.edu/
Camden Lock Market
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_Market
Persuasive Technology by B J Fogg
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Persuasive-Technology-Computers-Interactive-Technologies/dp/1558606432
Slot Machines: The big gamble
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLD17r0U2D0
Awakening Earth: The Global Brain by Peter Russell
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Earth-Global-Peter-Russell/dp/1850631018
Gaia hypothesis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis
Wired (magazine)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wired_(magazine)
Bretton Woods system
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bretton_Woods_system
Sherry Turkle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherry_Turkle
Nicholas Carr
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_G._Carr
Deloitte’s Shift Index
https://dupress.deloitte.com/dup-us-en/topics/strategy/shift-index.html
IBM Watson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watson_(computer)
Colossus (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus:_The_Forbin_Project
2001 A Space Odyssey (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_(film)
Beavis and Butt-Head
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beavis_and_Butt-Head
The Simpsons
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons
Breaking Bad
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad
The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/
Soweto
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soweto
Oslo (play)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo_(play)
Oslo Accords
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo_Accords
The Colbert Report
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Colbert_Report
Waiting for Godot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Godot
Angels in America (Play)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_in_America:_A_Gay_Fantasia_on_National_Themes

People mentioned in this episode:
Rupert Sheldrake
https://londonreal.tv/rupert-sheldrake-the-science-delusion-redux/
Jill Purce
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Purce
Fraser Clark
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Clark
B J Fogg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._J._Fogg
Kevin Kelly
https://londonreal.tv/kevin-kelly-the-inevitable/
Adam Smith
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Smith
Eric Schmidt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Schmidt
Ray Kurzweil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kurzweil
Elon Musk
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk
Peter Thiel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Thiel
Marshall McLuhan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan
Dennis McKenna
https://londonreal.tv/dennis-mckenna-the-screaming-abyss/
Terrence McKenna
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna
Timothy Leary
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Leary
Donald Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9Fan
Vladimir Putin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin
Robert McKee
https://londonreal.tv/robert-mckee-story/
Charlie Kaufman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Kaufman
J T Rogers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._T._Rogers
Nelson Mandela
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela
Genesis P-Orridge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesis_P-Orridge
Wyclef Jean
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyclef_Jean