Facebook’s algorithms shaping the news, self-driving cars roaming the streets, revolution on Twitter, and romance on Tinder. We live in a world constructed of code—and coders are the ones who built it for us. Acclaimed tech writer Clive Thompson joins us for a Town Hall conversation on Coders, an anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today. He dramatizes the psychology of the invisible architects of our culture, exploring their passions and values, and wrestles with the major coding controversies of our era—from the “disruption” fetish of Silicon Valley to the struggle for inclusion by marginalized groups.
Thompson invites us to examine code as a marvelous new art form, and contends that in order to understand the world today we need to understand code, its culture, and its consequences.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.