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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

Town Hall’s Science series is dedicated to understanding the world around us. Whether we’re hearing from a legendary physicist or a UW graduate student, the Science series explores math, biology, chemistry, the environment, and so much more.

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Apr 15, 2019

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 joined us for a Town Hall conversation on Coders, an anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today. Thompson was joined onstage by Evergrey co-founder Mónica Guzmán, and together they explored the psychology of the invisible architects of our culture. They dived into the passions and values of coders, and wrestled with the major coding controversies of our era—from the “disruption” fetish of Silicon Valley to the struggle for inclusion by marginalized groups.

Thompson and Guzmán invited us to examine code as a marvelous new art form, and contend that in order to understand the world today we need to understand code, its culture, and its consequences.

Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. He is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

Mónica Guzmán is a Seattle journalist and co-founder of The Evergrey. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including GeekWire, The Daily Beast, the Columbia Journalism Review, and The Seattle Times.

Recorded live at The Summit by Town Hall Seattle on April 3, 2019.