Bruce Sterling on Fantasy prototypes and real disruption

In the closing keynote of NEXT Berlin 2013, acclaimed science-fiction author and journalist Bruce Sterling tackled a variety of topics like design fiction, start-up culture, and the mass adoption of disruptive technology. He sees science fiction as a form of design – design fiction that is part of the

Those who live by disruption die by disruption.
You will never see a design fiction which is about getting married, buying a house, having kids and living in a stable environment with civil rights.
In the startup world, you move fast and work hard to make other people rich. Other people, not you! … So they can buy national governments, shout governments down, destroy the middle class and destroy the nation state. That’s been going on a long time.
They will say, that the 20-teens were all about that. There was a tacit allegiance between the hackerspace-favelas of the startups and offshore capital and tax avoidance money laundries. And they were building a global, networked society. And that is coming next!   And as long as you are making rich guys richer, you are not disrupting the austerity. You are one one of its top facilitators. What’s the answer to this problem? It’s simple. Keep more money for yourself.
Are the your allies? No, they are not. They kicked your ass in the 1990ties. They destroyed you in the dot-com boom. They wrecked your dreams, the took everything you build. You have never avenged yourself for that.
It was not your technology that caused the dot-com crash, it was them. And in 2008 they did the same thing again and now they are doing it again.

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