‘People Don’t Know What’s True and What’s Not.’ Obama Worries That Tech Has Led Society Astray

By: By Danielle Abril

Former U.S. President Barack Obama says two of his top three concerns for the next generation are driven in part by the technology industry. 

Beyond his top concern, which is climate change, Obama said he’s most concerned about the rise of extreme inequality and the environment that disruptive technology has created. He said that technology is partially to blame for a set of values that is focused on status, and that internet companies have created an environment in that has caused mass confusion about what is credible.

“When you have big disruptive internet tech, it can be a dangerous moment,” he said. ”Part of what happens is people don’t know what’s true and what’s not.” 

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