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Survival of the Richest | Douglas Rushkoff

Episode Summary

Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff explores the derivative and meta focus of today's financial and technology industry, detailing his interactions with the world's wealthiest moguls and why their mindsets are flawed.

Episode Notes

"I thought I was a joke or a test!"

Douglas Rushkoff was led into a room at a desert resort where five mysterious billionaires awaited him. They peppered the media theorist and author with binary questions: Bitcoin or Ethereum? Virtual reality or augmented reality? Alaska or New Zealand?

This experience sets the stage for Douglas's newest book, Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires, which focuses on "The Mindset, a Silicon Valley-style certainty that they and their cohort can break the laws of physics, economics, and morality to escape a disaster of their own making—as long as they have enough money and the right technology."*

Today's episode explores the derivative and meta focus of today's financial and technology industry, so much so that the New York Stock Exchange has been purchased by a derivates exchange and Facebook has changed its holding company's name to Meta.

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