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Maarten Steenhagen

Short reflections on philosophy, society, and the dreadful state of the world

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AI Risk and Capitalism

How people seem suddenly worried about ‘Artificial Intelligence’! It’s as if massive threats to human flourishing suddenly become acceptable if... more

02 Jun 2023 · 8 minutes
Marching from A to B

In December 2010 I was a graduate student at University College London (UCL) working on what felt like an impossible... more

31 May 2023 · 10 minutes
Now the emergency is over...

On the 5th of May 2023 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the enduring COVID-19 pandemic is now merely... more

09 May 2023 · 13 minutes
The right to encrypt

As you may have heard, the government of the United Kingdom is trying to pass an Online Safety Bill. This... more

30 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Why am I still on Twitter?

I sent my first tweet on the 17th of June 2009. It contained a six-word description of that afternoon—I was... more

19 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
A consumer phenomenology of the digital

Somewhere in Plato’s work you’ll find an argument against writing. That’s right; writing, as such. Given how important writing is... more

13 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
Should you join the party?

I’ve been thinking recently about what form of political organisation I should put my time and energy in. How can... more

08 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
What could post-collapse computing be?

Microchips are some of the most extraordinary objects humanity has ever made. This writes John Lanchester in the first March... more

28 Mar 2023 · 13 minutes
George Orwell on fascism

The political energy of fascism is colouring the horizons of Europe. The right wing of public life is teeming with... more

06 Mar 2023 · 10 minutes
The cloud does not exist

It is hard to do away with metaphors, and we shouldn’t always want to. But some metaphors are better than... more

24 Feb 2023 · 7 minutes
AI Risk and Capitalism
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